This paper evaluates nursing students’ perceptions and barriers as related to medical error reporting. This study was conducted as a mixed method based on the PS-ASK survey tool designed by Schnall et al (2008). Medical errors are a large problem in healthcare institutions. Understanding the underlying causes of why these events occur is needed in order to prevent repeat occurrences of the same error. However, in order to fully understand the underlying cause of the error, first and foremost, it must be reported. Evaluating nursing students’ perceptions and barriers to utilization of an error reporting system and addressing these issues is a crucial step towards decreasing medical error and improving patient safety. This study found that nursing students have an overall positive attitude toward error reporting. This survey validated the need for instituting a just culture within nursing education, in order to help encourage error reporting, rather than discourage it. Practice changes should be made in nursing education to provide transparency and role modeling with error reporting in order to encourage student accountability for reporting errors.
|Commitee:||Nash, Janice, Schubert, Carolyn|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Medical errors, Near miss, Nursing students, Perception, Safety culture|
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