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Medication administration & safety: Adult

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated November 22, 2022.



Lynne Neis, NorQuest College

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The Learner will apply the principles of safe medication administration of an analgesic using different routes in the Adult population. You will be required to use clinical judgment, reasoning, critical thinking skills, and past knowledge when choosing the appropriate pain medication based on patients’ history and background knowledge. This scenario is not about the actual skill/technique itself but rather focusing around the 10 rights of medication administration and the 4 checks.

Learning Objectives:

Apply knowledge of the 10 rights of safe drug administration according to nursing program and competencies.

Identify proper procedures to confirm drug orders prior to administration.

Choose the most effective and safest drug, dose and route to administer medication based on patient history and physical assessment.

Discuss how to respectfully and sensitively address a patient’s previous negative experiences of health care.

Discuss how a patient’s sexual orientation may or may not be relevant to the healthcare encounter.

Examine personal biases when caring for a patient that does not share the same values as you on vaccination

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


This simulation’s scenario and script were formally peer-reviewed by two external institutions, then the final simulation was pilot tested by several students on a student testing committee then as part of the Virtu-WIL Student Program’s rollout.


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Neis L. Medication administration & safety: Adult. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Undergraduate / post-secondary

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