Original Research Article
Year: 2018 | Month: August | Volume: 8 | Issue: 8 | Pages: 213-218
A Study to Assess the Knowledge Regarding Medication Error among Staff Nurses at SGRD Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab
Akashpreet Kaur1, Gopal Singh Charan2
1Assistant Professor, 2Associate Professor, SGRD College of Nursing, SGRDIMSR, Amritsar
Corresponding Author: Gopal Singh Charan
The main professional goal of nurses is to provide and improve human health. Medication errors are among the most common health threatening mistakes that affect patient care. Such mistakes are considered as a global problem which increases mortality rates, length of hospital stay, and related costs. A descriptive study was conducted to assess the knowledge regarding medication error among staff nurses. Data was collected from staff nurses at SGRD hospital, Amritsar, Punjab. Convenience sampling technique was employed to obtain sample of 100 staff nurses who were working in different clinical areas. A self structured questionnaire was used for the collection of data. The data was gathered and analyzed by calculating the frequency, percentage, mean, mean percentage, standard deviation and chi square. The present study findings revealed that 61% of nurses were having average knowledge score followed by 32% in poor score and 7% in good score. There was highly significant association of knowledge with selected clinical variables i-e average number of patients per day and any in-service education attended on medication error.
Key words: knowledge, medication error, staff nurses.