Mar 102019


Medication administration error is old as the nursing profession itself and has to do with a myriad of factors including those attributable to other members of the health care team.

Although there may be numerous past research articles related to this topic, there is virtually very few that are specific to the experiences of nurses involved in a medication error.

In fact, only three studies have produced a clinical nursing discourse that has the potential to reframe nursing practice on medication error.

Some are framed within the aspect of biomedicine, law, and management. While accepted beliefs present patients as the until mate victims of error by the harm, cost, distress and sometimes death, the meaning of such witness to the nurse is ignored or outlook.

The nurse, who bears the shame, dishonor, guilt and disciplinary actions are not considered in post-error interventions. Critical issues such as these influenced my choice of this article.

My research to the CSUEB database, then WEB HOST, and finally I retrieved the articled from the Journal of Advanced Nursing by using the topic which says nursing and medication error as specific criteria.

My findings:

in the research study…… my finding was based on the fact obtained from observation as commonly with essential studies. I also used broad and open-ended questions tailored specifically toward the nurse’s experience in the process of data collection.

However, I also observe that these outcomes do not cover the entire scope of the participating to gave important insight which is another essential study.

Finding the immediate reactions of these nurses on the realization that errors have been made. They are panic, anxiety, powerlessness, and loss of control, in anticipation of adverse influence.

Others are a shame, guilt, betrayal, and suicidal ideation, feelings of incompetence and post-traumatic stress syndrome that last for years. Self-confidence was gradually eroded as the experience is relived over time.

While the relationship with patients’ families may become soured, the reactions from colleagues and managers did not help matters and these factors may be instrumental to the healing process on the part of the nurse, In fact nurses remain permanently unable to practice which according to some experience is the consequence of the manager’s hostile reaction.

Methodological Congruence:

There is an abundance of component that gives this article its satisfactory mark and one of them is the use of both historical and phenomenological design of qualitative studies in data gathering and analysis.

It is historical because the wonderful article relied on a nurse who has committed medication errors in the past in the period ranging from 1 to 10 years.

Inclusion or exclusion criteria depend on personal involvement in a medication error and the ability to recount the circumstance clearly.

Informed consent was obtained and although nurses responded to the issues, only some were selected on the account of the above condition while the others excluded. It is considered

phenomenological because the emphasis is on the lived experience of a nurse who committed medication error thus testing for reliability.

The analysis was made on the spot, double checking of responses including acceptable documentation of breaks and cries in between the interview process.

There was extensive use of backing to ensure that the researcher’ prior knowledge, experience and supposition does not interfere with the interpretation of finding. Burns and cringe opined that to grease openness.

Coherent Accurateness:

Coherent covered areas such as the coping phenomenon used by the nurse; support from the family and friends; the demeanor and acceptance of responsibility and the impact on nursing practice.

A caviling look at this article shows the presence of theoretical conceitedness with a clear abstract framework. The content allows one to easily follow along with the main concept without being chaotic about the subject matter.

There is a perfect relationship between the data obtained and the generalization of the research itself.

I also found out the nurse sought help and support from family and friends while others don’t. The implication here is that the nurses who sought help are likely to get past the incident while others may be brooding over the problem for a longer period. This is unhealthful or scary healing and some mechanism that can affect the ability to regain personal and professional assurance.

The gathering of this information shows the present of heuristic connection with the different situations along with skills, which can be applied in future nurses knowledge.


Although this is a unique study, there is a boundary or limitation, some of which were followed vividly. secondly the control of variable leave room bias right? haha woo!!, which is not for a qualitative study.

Lastly, there is a lot of time-lapse between the incidence and the interview, and admittedly, I note that this may be a cause for the modification inability of participants{the nurses}.

I know some will tell the story to their own advantage.

However, this study also had a few strengths. This article met an ethical requirement that is crucial in conducting any research because they made a point, many people try to make the serious issue light, by laughing [.haha! ]it.

Management sees it as the error has occurred and will not again, but it leaves nurses in fear of making a mistake again with a patient that is under their care and start to require supervision after their every move. Management should not overly punish a person either because it is non-productive for the management and nurses.

We even see some occurrence where nurses lose their lives through contracting some diseases or infection, through that lot of them live their life stress out or eating up out of them and what do you think they will end up with. Death!!! yeah.

That approach just pushes persons either way when it comes to self-esteem level professionally, eventually and coincidentally leading people rather nurses to quit their job or change profession or their job. Finally, the suggestion from this article is developing an arrangement so that errors may be controlled from occurring in health care fame.

Please drop your comment let me see what you think about the article cause it a broad one. Trust me.

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