Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2022

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr. Kristi Frisbee

Second Advisor

Dr. Gena Coomes

Third Advisor

Dr. Neal Schmidt

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Ashleigh Heter


Medication reconciliation is the process of comparing a patient’s medications that they are currently taking and comparing it with newly ordered medications or comparing the list to another source of information. It is completed to avoid and reduce the risk for potential adverse drug events, medication discrepancies, and improve communication between transition of care settings. Although people acknowledge and perceive the value of medication reconciliation as an important process in reducing medication errors and patient harm, healthcare team members including nurses may receive little formal training and education in school. The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) scholarly project was to assess and increase knowledge of junior and senior-level nursing students before and after an educational presentation of medication reconciliation over one-month. The tools used within the project included an educational presentation, and a pre- and posttest with a demographical information portion. Data was collected among 71 eligible participants. Descriptive analysis and a paired t-test were used to evaluate changes in pre-and posttest scores. There was a slight increase in medication reconciliation knowledge scores after analysis of posttest scores of 8.30 out of 10 (SD = 0.98) compared to pretest scores of 8.18 out of 10 (SD = 1.05). However, there was not a statistically significant difference in scores between the pretest and posttest groups.

Included in

Nursing Commons