Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Sc.N.

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Freeman, Michelle

Keywords

accuracy of documentation, medication administration, non-time-critical, time-critical, wrong time

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the medication factors, environmental factors, and patient factors that predict medication time errors by registered nurses in an acute care setting. A sample of 1032 observations was analyzed using multivariate logistic regression using generalized estimating equations modeling. The findings suggested that time errors during medication administration were independently associated with time-critical medications, the number of medications that the patient received at the scheduled administration time, and the patient’s swallowing ability. This study also found that the time of administration for the majority of medications was not accurately documented.

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