This paper is an analysis of a study that relates the experiences of the nurses who had committed a serious drug administration error and the kind of support and help they received in the aftermath of such an incident. Drug administration is an important action and any error has the potential for devastating consequences for the patients. Such drug administration errors can have a great impact on nurses involved at a both professional and personal level. The paper tends to agree with study and supports the claim of developing strategies that can help in managing such medication errors in an effective manner. These can range from strong managerial support to retraining if necessary.
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Critique of Qualitative Research Study
Drug administration is an important aspect for the nurse in her daily routine or duties. The chief act of drug administration involves complete delivery of the right medication to the patient. However, there is a much broader set of exercises vital to accomplish efficient, safe medication delivery. Gladstone (1995) states that drug administration routines contain one of the highest risk factors in the nursing role; the potential of error and its consequences makes it an area of this represents one of the highest risk areas in nursing practice and the potential for error makes it of vital concern. The paper “Nurses' experiences of drug administration errors” authored by “Anne-Berit Schelbred & Randi Nord” focuses on a very grave matter in the nursing practice. A slight mishap or a reckless moment can result in dire consequences for the patient.
Aim of the Study
The authors tend to reflect on the experience of the nursing fraternity who had committed drug administration mistakes. They explore the consequences and effects of undergoing such an event, had on the nurses. Furthermore, the authors examine the kind of moral support and assistance the nurse received from their personal and professional circle
The authors utilized a descriptive, exploratory data collection framework and collected interviews in Norway in 2003. The interviewees were all nurses who had been directly involved in a drug administration error case exploratory, descriptive design was used and interview
data were collected in 2003 in Norway. The nurses were all female with a few deemed specialists. The nurses had a varying work experience from 6 months to almost 30 years with almost a range of 1 to 10 years since the error occurred. A total of 10 nurses responded to the interview call. Most of them worked in the hospital environment whilst the others were employed in nursing homes and community services. In each of the situations, the incidents were reported to the concerned party and steps taken to prevent any harm.
It is evident by the author's research that making a drug administration error served as a source of trauma for each of the nurses and even after the years passing by, since the event occurred, the nurses struggle to cope with the stress and trauma caused b the incident. This drug administration error incident ...