Adverse drug events, described as harm that results from medication use, are responsible for more than 1.3 million visits to the Emergency Department and cost in excess of $3.5 billion annually. Due to the discovery of new uses for old medications, development of new medications, and increased use of medications for disease treatment and prevention, these events are likely to rise. In nursing education, students are taught the standardized “Rights Method” to avoid preventable adverse drug events, including the foundational five of right patient, medication, route, time, and dose. Students are also encouraged to calculate medication doses to ensure that the orders fall within the safe dose range but, for various reasons, medication errors continue. In this presentation, a triad of factors which impact medication errors is suggested, alongside recommendations that can be used by nurse educators to teach today’s students the role of bravery in patient safety.
Identify strategies for reducing medication errors in healthcare settings.
Recognize the role that gender, generation, and “just following” have on verifying medication orders.
Strategize opportunities for educators to incorporate bravery in nursing curricula.