Nursing

A study of nursing environment, error interception, and quality of care

Nurse Leader Insider, August 31, 2012

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Working in a supportive practice environment, in which there is teamwork between physicians and nurses and nurses are able to participate in hospital- and unit-level decision, is associated with higher quality of nursing care, according to a study published in the June issue of Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Continuity of patient care assignments, continuing education opportunities, and the retention of nurse administrators who are visible and accessible were also cited as factors that contributed to a positive environment.

The study also found that independent comparisons between the medication administration record and the patient record at the beginning of a nurse’s shift, determining the rationale for each ordered medication, requesting that physicians rewrite orders when the improper abbreviations are used, and ensuring patients and family members are knowledgeable regarding the medication regimen were among the nurses’ error interception practices that contributed to lower rates of nonintercepted medication errors. Researchers pointed to this as further evidence of the important role of nurses in enhancing patient safety.

View the study in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 



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