Medication Errors: Don't Let Them Happen to You

Pamela Anderson, MS, RN, APN-BC, CCRN, and Terri Townsend, MA, RN, CCRN, BC, CVN-II



Mistakes can occur in any setting, at any step of the drug administration continuum. Here's how to prevent them.

Purpose/Goal: To provide nurses with information to help them prevent medication errors.


1. Identify the 10 key elements of medication use.
2. Describe the role of clinician fatigue in medication errors.
3. Discuss strategies to prevent medication errors.


Pamela Anderson, MS, RN, APN-BC, CCRN, is an adult nurse practitioner at Clarian Health in Indianapolis, Indiana; a resource pool float nurse at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana; and a prn ICU nurse at Tipton Hospital in Tipton, Indiana. Terri Townsend, MA, RN, CCRN, BC, CVN-II, works in the cardiovascular ICU and the cardiac telemetry unit at Ball Memorial Hospital and holds an adjunct clinical faculty position at Ball State University School of Nursing in Muncie.

The planners and authors of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.6

Expiration Date: 9/30/2014


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