Despite the continuing efforts of health care organizations to provide a culture of safety, an unacceptable number of medication incidents and hospital errors continue to occur. This study focuses on these events as they relate to job satisfaction in the context of sustained vigilance required of acute care nurses. A constellation of variables contribute to errors including fatigue, stress, overload, protocol satisfaction, and practice risk. The study includes an intense examination of the physiological and psychological effects of night shift work. The results reflect a correlation between fatigue and errors with a less robust, though still statistically significant, association with job satisfaction and control of the practice environment.
Date of publication
Morelock, Skip G., "Sustained Vigilance, Errors, and Job Satisfaction in a Population of Critical Care and Emergency Department Nurses" (2014). Nursing Theses and Dissertations. Paper 40.