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Keywords

Compassion fatigue, Medication errors, Moral distress

 

Authors

  1. Maiden, Jeanne PhD, RN, CNS-BC
  2. Georges, Jane M. PhD, RN
  3. Connelly, Cynthia D. PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to examine the previously untested relationships between moral distress, compassion fatigue, perceptions about medication errors, and nurse characteristics in a national sample of 205 certified critical care nurses. In addition, this study included a qualitative exploration of the phenomenon of medication errors in a smaller subset of certified critical care nurses. Results revealed statistically significant correlations between moral distress, compassion fatigue, and perceptions about medication errors in this group. Implications for critical care nurses seeking to create work environments conducive to the reduction of medication errors are explored.