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Medication Decision Tool: Competence

This principle involves making sure you have the knowledge, skill and judgment to safely perform a medication practice.

Ask yourself:

  • Am I the appropriate care provider? Do I have the knowledge, skill and judgment?
    • If you're not sure, consider what resources you need to answer this question. For example, look up drug references or best practices and guidelines.
    • What evidence informs my practice?
    • What organizational policies might influence my practice?
  • Is the medication practice appropriate for my client?
  • Is the medication practice appropriate for my workplace setting?
    • Do I have the appropriate environmental supports, such as organizational guidelines, equipment and protocols, to administer and manage outcomes safely?
  • Do I need to develop a Learning Plan related to this medication practice? 

 For more information on competence, review these College resources:




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Page last reviewed August 11, 2023