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The objective of this study was to evaluate the process of integrating the rational drug use curriculum into the Bachelor of Nursing Science program, in Academic Year B.E. 2561, using mixed-methods research. 1) Quantitative data collection was conducted by online questionnaire from 86 nursing institutions. The sample included 1,052 administrations and nursing instructors who returned the questionnaire. 2) The qualitative data collection was performed using a focus group discussion with 50 administrations and nursing instructors. The interview guideline included 6 questions on learning experiences regarding Rational Drug Use (RDU). Quantitative data were analyzed using frequency and percentage, and content analysis was used to analyze qualitative data.
The quantitative and qualitative findings were consistent and showed that most nursing institutions had introduced policy, assigned responsible instructors for integrating and managing RDU courses, defined learning competencies of RDU, indicated courses and subjects on RDU, determined the objectives and learning outcomes of RDU, managed RDU courses based-on a student-center and used many evaluating methods related to RDU. This research suggests that the TNMC should support the institutions continually. Nursing education institutions should clearly formulate the RDU policy, develop nursing instructors in RDU, promote teaching methods on RDU, and clearly and continuously evaluate integrating the rational drug use curriculum.
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