A study by researchers at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) may help make nursing homes safer for elderly residents.

Associate Professor Amy Vogelsmeier led a team that investigated the role of nurses in identifying medication errors that could pose safety risks to nursing home residents.

Nearly 66 percent of all adverse events experienced by nursing home residents, such as falls, delirium and hallucinations, could be prevented, in part, by monitoring medication more closely.

“Nursing home work is hard,” Vogelsmeier said. “The ability to manage patients’ care and keep them stable is a clinical challenge that requires highly educated, clinically savvy nurses.”

Read more about the study here: RNs more likely to identify high-risk medication discrepancies.

Vogelsmeier is the John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Fellow at SSON, where she also coordinates the nursing leadership and health care systems area of study.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the SSON online program as a Top 50 program for graduate education in 2015. CollegeAtlas.org calls SSON the best nursing school program in the nation in terms of affordability, academic quality, accessibility and board exam pass rates. GetEducated.com ranks MU’s online nursing master's programs as "Best Buys."

Want to advance your career in nursing and learn from acclaimed researchers like Vogelsmeier? Join us online Jan. 14 for a live presentation on the Sinclair School of Nursing's DNP program. Program director Dr. Robin Harris will share information on the curriculum and answer your questions. Register today!

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