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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2005 Oct;26(8):873-86.

Chronology of medication errors by nurses: accumulation of stresses and PTSD symptoms.

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  • 1Assaf Harofe Medical Center, Zerifin, Be'er Ya'akov, Israel.


The aim of this research was to examine the influence of medication errors on the mental state of the erring caregiver. In-depth interviews were conducted with 20 erring nurses. The data were analyzed using content analysis. The following categories were identified: "stress, pressure, and inattention," "responsibility," "the double fear," "I might get fired," "he who works, errs," waiting for the inquiry--"every day is like eternity," "absurdly, it got worse with time," and "following the event I learned my lessons." The emotional distress of several subjects was, across time, reminiscent of PTSD symptoms.

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