Creating a safer healthcare system will depend on the ability of nurses to fully use their expertise, education, and role to identify, interrupt, and correct medical errors to prevent patient harm (Gaffney et al., 2016). The ability to recognize common and preventable errors is important to improve patient outcomes and enhance safety. Errors are actions that fail to meet their desired outcome (Institute of Medicine [IOM], 2000). Errors can range from medication errors to falls or acquiring an infection or pressure ulcer. Errors could result in prolonged hospitalization, death, rise in the cost of care, and increase suffering (Clay et al., 2017). Nurses should link nursing practice to fundamental improvements in patient safety and quality care (IOM, 2011). This teaching project was chosen to help students recognize errors in the clinical setting. A good number of errors are preventable, and increased awareness may decrease errors in practice.
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Lawver, Christina; Amrein, Kathryn; Ward, Kathleen; and Keil, Shauna
"Room of Errors: Safety in the Nursing Program,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2022, Article 14.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2022/iss2022/14