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Medication Errors: An Overview

Medication Errors: An Overview

This lesson provides an overview of the consequences, incidence, causes, barriers, solutions, and nurse's responsibilities related to medication errors.

Learners will be able to:

  • Recognize the differences between acts of commission, acts of omission, and near misses;
  • Suggest ways nurses can reduce medication errors;
  • Identify barriers to improving medication use safety within the system;
  • Describe what is meant by a "culture of blame";
  • List actions nurses can take to reduce medication errors; and
  • List ways the system can reduce medication errors
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