The role of nurses in medicine administration errors
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The role of nurses in medicine administration errors

Kerri Wright Freelance writer, University of Greenwich, London

This article explores the commonly held belief that nurses are to blame for the high rate of medication administration errors in health care. The article argues for a need to move away from a culture of blame and to consider changes to medicine and the increasing complexity of administration as potential reasons for error. Medicine administration should be viewed within the wider context of health care rather than as an isolated process in order to develop effective solutions to reduce medicine-related errors.

Nursing Standard. 27, 44,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Received: 20 December 2012

Accepted: 16 April 2013

Published in print: 03 July 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review