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Enhancing patient safety: the importance of direct supervision for avoiding medication errors and near misses by undergraduate nursing students

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Medication errors have been the focus of considerable research attention in nursing; however, the extent to which nursing students might contribute to errors has not been researched. Using a grounded theory approach, in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with undergraduate nursing students based in a university in Queensland to explore their experiences of administering medication in the clinical setting. Almost a third of the participants reported making an actual medication error or a near miss. Where medication errors occurred, participants described not receiving direct and appropriate supervision by a registered nurse. Medication errors by nursing students have the potential to impact significantly on patient safety, quality of health care, and on nursing students' perceptions of their professional competence. Ensuring direct supervision is provided at all times must become an urgent priority for undergraduate nursing education.

UOW Authors


  •   Reid-Searl, Kerry (external author)
  •   Moxham, Lorna
  •   Happell, Brenda (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Reid-Searl, K., Moxham, L. & Happell, B. (2010). Enhancing patient safety: the importance of direct supervision for avoiding medication errors and near misses by undergraduate nursing students. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 16 (3), 225-232.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77958098044

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/129

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 225

End Page


  • 232

Volume


  • 16

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Medication errors have been the focus of considerable research attention in nursing; however, the extent to which nursing students might contribute to errors has not been researched. Using a grounded theory approach, in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with undergraduate nursing students based in a university in Queensland to explore their experiences of administering medication in the clinical setting. Almost a third of the participants reported making an actual medication error or a near miss. Where medication errors occurred, participants described not receiving direct and appropriate supervision by a registered nurse. Medication errors by nursing students have the potential to impact significantly on patient safety, quality of health care, and on nursing students' perceptions of their professional competence. Ensuring direct supervision is provided at all times must become an urgent priority for undergraduate nursing education.

UOW Authors


  •   Reid-Searl, Kerry (external author)
  •   Moxham, Lorna
  •   Happell, Brenda (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Reid-Searl, K., Moxham, L. & Happell, B. (2010). Enhancing patient safety: the importance of direct supervision for avoiding medication errors and near misses by undergraduate nursing students. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 16 (3), 225-232.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77958098044

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/129

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 225

End Page


  • 232

Volume


  • 16

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia