Graduation Year


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Donna J. Corley

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Mary Clements

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing


In 2006, the Institute of Medicine estimated that 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events occur in healthcare facilities annually (Institute of Medicine, 2006). Each ADE adds approximately $8,750 per hospital stay (Institute of Medicine, 2006). In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimated that 1.3 million people are injured annually from medication errors (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2017). For the purposes of this project, all Registered Nurse staff on the Medical-Surgical unit were mandated to participate in an education targeted at medication error reporting, the importance of reporting, and a demonstration of inputting an error into the database. Participants were asked to complete a four-page survey titled; “Nurses’ Perceptions of Medication Errors”. The tool was divided into seven different domains, addressing various questions pertaining to medication error reporting. Domains one (causes of medication errors), two (medication errors committed over a period of 12 months), and five (reporting errors) were found to be clinically, but not statistically significant. Domains three (barriers to reporting medication errors) and four (factors increasing the participants’ chances of reporting) were found to be both clinically and statistically significant post educational intervention.

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