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Associate and Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Students' Knowledge of and Attitudes toward Medication Errors and Reporting Medication Errors: Implications for Curriculum Development
by Teal, Tabatha, Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 2019, 109; 13878530
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McComas, William
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
Publication Number: 13878530
ISBN: 9781392169599
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