Recent research has had little success in identifying the specific factors that are associated with high medication error rates but nursing professionals can help to reduce the amount of medication errors in health care facilities by participating in research and educating others on the identified factors associated with medication errors.
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Nurses who are experiencing either (1)low or high stress levels, (2)not being overworked or seriously overworked and (3)do not carry out careless actions will have a low medication error rates.
For the purpose of this study an overworked nurse is defined as a nurse working more than 36 hours in a week or more than 12 hours a day. An underworked nurse is defined as a nurse working
Stress is defined as the severity of manifested physical, emotional or mental tension resulting from factors that alters a nurse’s work performance. Careless actions is defined as not paying attention to what they are doing or simply having no care or concern. Medication error-
Limitations of this study included cost, extraneous variables, nurses having personal issues, attrition rates and lack of participation due to method of return. As more data are collected, the issue of nurse to nurse variation and non-response biases can be addressed empirically. Also nurses rushing through questionnaire instead of carefully reading each question and thinking of the answer choices before choosing one. A nurse’s stress is not limited to their job but can be related to personal issues in their home or with their