Medication Errors & Nursing Essay

2083 Words Apr 22nd, 2008 9 Pages
Nurses are the health care professionals that collect and prepare medications for patients. They examine the doctor’s orders to see what medications patients are prescribed. Errors can occur in the distribution of these medications. As a result, the nursing ethic of do no harm may not occur. According to McIntyre, Thomlinson, & McDonald, “nurses are held in high regard” (2006, p.360). As such, nurses must keep this positive concept, as we are the health professionals that care for people when they are at their most vulnerable. There is a need for nurses to reflect back to nursing school and use the information taught to guide decisions regarding medications and their administration. This paper will examine medication administration errors …show more content…
Schelbred & Nord (2007) found that nurses need support from colleagues and managers after committing a medication administration error. The article explores the results of interviews involving ten nurses that had committed medication errors and enquired into their experience and emotions, along with their colleagues and managers reactions to this event. The overall emotions that were experienced were feelings of guilt and shame in that they had betrayed the patient, their coworkers and their families. Additionally, some of the nurses developed a fear of making new mistakes, and a distrust of themselves in their profession. These medication errors resulted in some of the nurses developing depression, suicidal thoughts, and even symptoms related to posttraumatic stress syndrome. Throughout the interviews all the nurses took responsibility and reported their errors to managers. The result of reporting the medication errors, reactions from coworkers and managers, such as emotional support, relating personal mistakes, and silence were common responses. In relation to media reports and scholarly papers, some websites address the issue of medication administration errors. An article on the International Council for Nurses (ICN) website asserts that patient safety
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