Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Janie Carlton

Abstract

The occurrence of medication errors is a problem that is common to health care systems worldwide. There has been countless research performed to try to determine the cause of medication errors. It has been found that shifts worked, pharmacy involvement, miscommunication and multiple other elements contribute to the occurrence of medication errors. The primary person involved in medication administration is the nurse. This study was performed at a Western North Carolina hospital examining recorded medication errors from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007. Using a retrospective, descriptive, correlation design (n=293), the study determined that a significant correlation exists between the level of education (Diploma, Associate, Bachelor and Master Degree in Nursing) and years of experience of nurses to medication errors among nurses in the hospital setting.

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