This paper evaluates senior nursing students' knowledge and attitudes of medication errors and reporting errors. This study was conducted to evaluate a need for improvements to nursing education on these two concepts. This mixed method study was conducted using a modified version of the Medication Administration Error Reporting Survey by Wakefield, Uden-Holman, and Wakefield (2005) and focus group sessions at four nursing programs in the Southern United States. Medication errors continue to be a threat to patient safety and underreporting exists due to the stigma surrounding admitting a mistake. Evaluating nursing students' knowledge and attitudes on these concepts is a crucial step in evaluating their readiness to administer medications. This study found that nursing students lack knowledge of the definition of a medication error, types, and causes. This study also found that students do not know how to report medication errors. This study validated the need for a change to nursing education and a culture change encouraging reporting errors.
|Commitee:||Jarrett, Anna, Patton, Susan|
|School:||University of Arkansas|
|Department:||Curriculum and Instruction|
|School Location:||United States -- Arkansas|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Medical Ethics, Nursing, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Medication errors, Nursing, Nursing curriculum, Patient safety, Reporting errors|
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