Melissa Davis DNP, RN

Nursing Education, Medication Errors

Associate Professor of Nursing and Professional Nursing Tutor

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Melissa Davis has 43 years experience as a DNP, RN and specializes in Nursing Education, Medication Errors.

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  1. Melissa Davis

    Handling med errors

    Marie Ryan-- LOVE your post and you are absolutely right. I'm sorry you were traumatized by a hostile work environment and that you have found a place more fitting for your abilities and humanity. My heart goes out to you and to any other nur...
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    Error

    Hi, my heart goes out to you because you are in fact a second victim of your error, as we all are. My research is focused on nursing medication errors and I can tell you this: 1. You were probably given the message in school that, if you are sma...
  3. Medication error?

    Did you know you will inevitably make medication errors as a nurse? 

    If you feel guilty about your errors, my heart goes out to you because you are in fact a second victim of your errors, as we all are. My research is focused on nursing medication errors and I can tell you this:

    1. You were probably given the message in school that, if you are smart enough and care enough, you will not make errors.  WRONG. 

    2. All humans make errors continuously-- I just made two typing errors while writing this post.  It is not reasonable to believe that, as nurses, we will suddenly get perfect.  

    3. What really needs to happen is: nurses need to be taught how to spot the systems risks that make it easier to commit the all-too-human and inevitable error.  We can then alter systems to reduce the risk of errors. I bet that, if we talked about your incident, you would find that packaging is similar with the flushes, or you were in a hurry, or had a migraine, etc. -- all things that affect humans' ability to be perfect. We are not robots, a good thing,  but that also leaves us vulnerable to our errors.  So systems factors and human factors lead to inevitable errors. 

    That is not to say we are off the hook when we make a mistake-- we still need to own our part and reflect on how we might learn from it. 

    4. Use your errors as learning experiences-- it's not win or lose, it's win or learn.  That's all you can do at this point-- and forgive yourself.  You cannot be blamed for being human. 

    5. Be charitable with others who err. They need support, not criticism.

    6. IF safe in your work environment, share your errors and near misses so others can learn. 

    7. Be vigilant for error-prone conditions, and put a stop to them immediately when discovered. 

    Anyone who tells you they don't make errors is lying.  I have 40 years behind me and have made plenty of them. 

    I'm here for anyone with errors who needs support.  It's OK. 

    Melissa Davis DNP RN

    1. BROKEstudent

      BROKEstudent

      Hi can you message me? Apparently, I can't send a message more than once a day to someone.. Struggling with a medication error.. Thank you

  4. Melissa Davis

    Heparin Error

    Hi, my heart goes out to you because you are in fact a second victim of your error, as we all are. My research is focused on nursing medication errors and I can tell you this: 1. You were probably given the message in school that, if you are sma...