Nursing News: Supportive Nursing Environment Decreases Medication Errors

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 2nd, 2012

A supportive nursing environment, with elements such as teamwork and involvement in decision-making, resulted in fewer medication errors, according to a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study examined the environment and nurses’ error interception practices at 82 medical-surgical units in 14 New Jersey acute-care hospitals over eight months.

According to the study, a supportive nursing environment has the following features:

•    Teamwork between physicians and nurses.
•    Nurses’ opportunities to participate in hospital- and unit-level decisions.
•    Continuity of patient care assignments.
•    Continuing education opportunities.
•    Retention of nurse administrators who are visible and accessible, who listen to nurses’ concerns and who have high expectations of their nurses.

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