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Making An Infusion Error: The Second Victims Of Infusion Therapy-Related Medication Errors, Linda A. Treiber, Jackie H. Jones Apr 2018

Making An Infusion Error: The Second Victims Of Infusion Therapy-Related Medication Errors, Linda A. Treiber, Jackie H. Jones

Linda A. Treiber

Infusion therapy-related adverse events can result in distress and professional suffering for the nurse involved with the event, with long-lasting consequences. This article discusses the second victim syndrome and its impacts on nurses. Original research on 168 recent nursing graduates and their experiences with second victim syndrome after making an infusion-related error is also presented. The article concludes with strategies to help nurses cope with the aftermath of making an infusion therapy-related medication error.


After The Medication Error: Recent Nursing Graduates’ Reflections On Adequacy Of Education, Linda A. Treiber, Jackie H. Jones Apr 2018

After The Medication Error: Recent Nursing Graduates’ Reflections On Adequacy Of Education, Linda A. Treiber, Jackie H. Jones

Linda A. Treiber

ABSTRACT Background: The purpose of this study was to better understand individual- and system-level factors surrounding making a medication error from the perspective of recent Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates. Method: Online survey mixed-methods items included perceptions of adequacy of preparatory nursing education, contributory variables, emotional responses, and treatment by employer following the error. Results: Of the 168 respondents, 55% had made a medication error. Errors resulted from inexperience, rushing, technology, staffing, and patient acuity. Twenty-four percent did not report their errors. Key themes for improving education included more practice in varied clinical areas, intensive pharmacological preparation, practical instruction ...


Nurses’ Rights Of Medication Administration: Including Authority With Accountability And Responsibility Dec 2017

Nurses’ Rights Of Medication Administration: Including Authority With Accountability And Responsibility

Linda A. Treiber

 Medication errors continue to occur too frequently in the United States. Although the five rights of medication administration have expanded to include several others, evidence that the number of errors has decreased is missing. This study suggests that medication rights for nurses as they administer medications are needed. The historical marginalization of the voice of nurses has been perpetuated with detrimental impacts to nurses and patients. In recent years, a focus on the creation of a just culture, with a balance of accountability and responsibility, has sought to bring a fairer and safer construct to the healthcare environment. This paper ...


More Than 1 Million Potential Second Victims: How Many Could Nursing Education Prevent?, Jackie H. Jones, Linda A. Treiber Aug 2017

More Than 1 Million Potential Second Victims: How Many Could Nursing Education Prevent?, Jackie H. Jones, Linda A. Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

Any error made in health care can cause the health care provider to become a second victim. There are many initiatives, tools, and instruments designed to support second victims after an error has been made. The role that nursing education can play in preventing nurses from becoming second victims has not been well explored. This paper presents a study designed to investigate perceptions of recent BSN graduates about preparation for medication administration, medication error, and their personal experience with error-making and second-victimhood.


Workplace Bullying, Perceived Job Stressors, And Psychological Distress: Gender And Race Differences In The Stress Process Feb 2017

Workplace Bullying, Perceived Job Stressors, And Psychological Distress: Gender And Race Differences In The Stress Process

Linda A. Treiber

A large body of empirical research documents the adverse mental health consequences of workplace bullying. However, less is known about gender and race differences in the processes that link workplace bullying and poor mental health. In the current study, we use structural equation modeling of survey data from the 2010 Health and Retirement Study (N = 2292) and draw on stress process theory to examine coworker support as a buffering mechanism against workplace bullying, and gender and race differences in the relationships between bullying and psychological distress. The results of the analysis indicate that coworker support serves as a protective buffer ...


Cascading Losses: A Case Study Of Suffering From Head And Neck Cancer Sep 2016

Cascading Losses: A Case Study Of Suffering From Head And Neck Cancer

Linda A. Treiber


In this case study, we analyzed an online illness narrative written by a middle-aged man living with HIV/AIDS who received a diagnosis of squamous cell cancer of the tongue.  We found that the onset of a second illness initiated a series of cascading losses that became increasingly problematic, severe, and interconnected.  In response to these losses, the author developed several coping strategies, including sharing his story with others and engaging in magical thinking.  The findings of this case study broaden our understanding of what it means to live with a complex and unusual combination of illnesses.  We conclude with ...


Letter From The Editors, Melvyn L. Fein, Linda A. Treiber Apr 2015

Letter From The Editors, Melvyn L. Fein, Linda A. Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

A letter from the editors, welcoming readers to the special issue on Faculty Development Abroad.


Introduction To The Special Issue, Linda A. Treiber, Melvyn L. Fein Apr 2015

Introduction To The Special Issue, Linda A. Treiber, Melvyn L. Fein

Linda A. Treiber

Introduction to the issue.


Review Of After A Fall: A Sociomedical Sojourn By Laurel Richardson, Linda A. Treiber Apr 2015

Review Of After A Fall: A Sociomedical Sojourn By Laurel Richardson, Linda A. Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

This a review of Richardson, Laurel. 2013. After a Fall: A Sociomedical Sojourn. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. ISBN: 978-1-61132-317-7, paperback, 268 pages. The book is an example of an autoethnography, detailing Richardson's stay in a nursing home.


When Nurses Become The "Second" Victim, Jackie Jones, Linda Treiber Apr 2015

When Nurses Become The "Second" Victim, Jackie Jones, Linda Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

Purpose: Well-intentioned, conscientious nurses make medication errors. The subsequent feelings of guilt, remorse, and loss of personal and professional self-esteem these nurses experience are well documented. In this paper, we analyze the concept of "second victim" within the context of medication administration errors. We also examine factors that contribute to nurses becoming second victims after making an error. Practice implications: Implications for nurses and nursing practice include nurses being given a greater degree of authority in designing the nursing work environment. Implications for nurses and nursing practice are presented. Conclusion: Further study is needed to more fully understand this phenomenon ...


The Care-Cure Dichotomy: Nursing’S Struggle With Dualism Mar 2015

The Care-Cure Dichotomy: Nursing’S Struggle With Dualism

Linda A. Treiber

A care/cure dichotomy exists between nursing and medicine. Consistent with the nature of most dichotomies, where one part dominates, medicine has emerged as the more valued and prestigious half of the dichotomy. Nursing has steadfastly adhered to the science of caring which, in many ways, impedes the ability to move beyond the dualism of care/cure. This analysis examines the origins and endurance of the care/cure dichotomy in nursing as both externally and internally imposed.


Selling Or Helping? Prescribing Gender To Women, Wives, And Mothers Through Dtca, Linda Treiber, Katie Mcintyre-Reece Mar 2015

Selling Or Helping? Prescribing Gender To Women, Wives, And Mothers Through Dtca, Linda Treiber, Katie Mcintyre-Reece

Linda A. Treiber

Our research examines the ways in which DTCA uses traditional gender roles to sell prescription medications. While several studies have focused on medications specifically targeted toward women and women’s problems, relatively few have examined the gendered nature of a wider variety of drugs. Our analysis thus looks at medications for a wide variety of body systems and illness states.


Acculturation-Driven Dynamics Of Organizational Conflict: Theorizing The Parallel Between The Family And The Organizational Setting, Elena Gheorghiu, Cristina Stephens, Linda Treiber Mar 2015

Acculturation-Driven Dynamics Of Organizational Conflict: Theorizing The Parallel Between The Family And The Organizational Setting, Elena Gheorghiu, Cristina Stephens, Linda Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

No abstract provided.


What Can Barbie Teach Us About Gender?, Linda Treiber Oct 2014

What Can Barbie Teach Us About Gender?, Linda Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

No abstract provided.


Intervening At The Intersection Of Medication Adherence And Health Literacy, Jackie H. Jones, Linda A. Treiber, Matthew C. Jones Aug 2014

Intervening At The Intersection Of Medication Adherence And Health Literacy, Jackie H. Jones, Linda A. Treiber, Matthew C. Jones

Linda A. Treiber

Medications play a prominent role in the treatment of many illnesses. Failing to adhere to prescribed medication regimens contributes to an array of poor health outcomes. In addition to the cost in terms of human suffering, the financial cost of medication non-adherence is staggering. Poor health literacy has been identified as a major cause of medication non-adherence. This paper focuses on non-adherence related to health literacy in the older adult population in the United States. Eight simple interventions to aid healthcare personnel in working with this population to improve adherence are provided.


Welcome To Gsa, Program For 2013 Meeting, Linda A. Treiber Oct 2013

Welcome To Gsa, Program For 2013 Meeting, Linda A. Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

No abstract provided.


Mcjobs And Pieces Of Flair: Linking Mcdonaldization To Alienating Work Sep 2013

Mcjobs And Pieces Of Flair: Linking Mcdonaldization To Alienating Work

Linda A. Treiber

This paper offers strategies for teaching about rationality, bureaucracy, and social change using George Ritzer’s The McDonaldization of Society (2013) and its ideas about efficiency, predictability, calculability, and control. Student learning is facilitated using a series of strategies: Making the Familiar Strange, Explaining McDonaldization, Self-Investigation and Discovery, and Exploring and Implementing Alternatives. Through assignments, class exercises, and films, students contextualize modernity and its unintended negative consequences by viewing McDonaldization though the lenses of work and jobs. These strategies provide a framework to help students understand key concepts, critique McDonaldization, and formulate positive ways to cope with Weber’s iron ...


To Be A Good Nurse, One Must Be A Good Woman: Gender Polarization In Nursing, Linda Treiber Apr 2013

To Be A Good Nurse, One Must Be A Good Woman: Gender Polarization In Nursing, Linda Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

No abstract provided.


Hyperkinetic Syndromes And The Price Of Legitimacy, Linda Treiber Mar 2012

Hyperkinetic Syndromes And The Price Of Legitimacy, Linda Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

No abstract provided.


Wounds That Don’T Heal: Nurses Experiences With Medication Errors, Linda A. Treiber, Jackie H. Jones Dec 2011

Wounds That Don’T Heal: Nurses Experiences With Medication Errors, Linda A. Treiber, Jackie H. Jones

Linda A. Treiber

Medical errors have been the topic of much research, much publication, and much public concern. Because nurses administer the vast majority of medications, they inevitably make the majority of these administration mistakes. Yet there is little understanding of the complex occupational and personal trauma suffered by the practitioner who makes an error if that person is a nurse.




The Role Of ‘Workplace Family’ Support On Worker Health, Exhaustion And Pain, Linda A. Treiber, Shannon N. Davis Dec 2011

The Role Of ‘Workplace Family’ Support On Worker Health, Exhaustion And Pain, Linda A. Treiber, Shannon N. Davis

Linda A. Treiber

The goal of this study was to improve understanding of the potential health benefits of social support at work. We utilized 2002 GSS data to examine the relative influence of workplace support on self-reported health, exhaustion and experience of persistent pain in a sample of 1602 workers. Building on previous Demand-Control-Support models, we examined co-worker, supervisor, and organizational safety support (conceptualized as ‘workplace family’) in concert with job demands, job control and work-family conflict as predictors of worker health measures. We further tested the extent to which work-family conflict acted as a mediator between family and work characteristics and worker ...


A Study To Reduce Medication Administration Errors Using Watson’S Caring Theory, Tommie Nelms, Jackie Jones, Linda A. Treiber Dec 2010

A Study To Reduce Medication Administration Errors Using Watson’S Caring Theory, Tommie Nelms, Jackie Jones, Linda A. Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

In a study to decrease medication administration errors, nurses wore brightly colored sashes as a symbol they were performing the important task of giving meds and were not to be interrupted. Situated within Watson’s Caritas theory, the study gave nurses the opportunity to “center” themselves to enhance focus and concentration on medication administration. While nurses appreciated the opportunity to concentrate on administering meds without interruptions by other staff or phone calls, they worried that patient care coordination for which they were responsible was suffering. Interventions focused on enhancing safety of a single task may be incongruent with total patient-centered ...


Devastatingly Human: An Analysis Of Registered Nurses’ Medication Error Accounts, Linda Treiber, Jackie Jones May 2010

Devastatingly Human: An Analysis Of Registered Nurses’ Medication Error Accounts, Linda Treiber, Jackie Jones

Linda A. Treiber

Despite many safeguards, nurses make the majority of medication administration errors. The purpose of our research was to investigate the perceived causes for such errors and to better understand how nurses deal with them. We performed an interpretive analysis of 158 accounts by nurses who made self-identified medication errors. We found common themes among these accounts. First, although nurses admitted responsibility for errors, they simultaneously identified a variety of external contributing factors. Second, nurses’ accounts were often framed in terms of "being new," with the underlying background expectancy of inexperience. Third, emotionally devastating visceral responses to errors were common and ...


Impacts Of Medical Error On Members Of The Family. Podium/Regional, Linda Treiber Apr 2010

Impacts Of Medical Error On Members Of The Family. Podium/Regional, Linda Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

No abstract provided.


Wounds That Don’T Heal: An Analysis Of Registered Nurses’ Medication Error Accounts, Linda Treiber, Jackie Jones Apr 2010

Wounds That Don’T Heal: An Analysis Of Registered Nurses’ Medication Error Accounts, Linda Treiber, Jackie Jones

Linda A. Treiber

No abstract provided.


Test Item File For Think Social Problems, Linda Treiber Feb 2010

Test Item File For Think Social Problems, Linda Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

On-line supplement for THINK Social Problems, by John D. Carl. 300 pages. Pearson Education, 2010.


Concierge Medicine: The Perfect Storm? Implications For Nurse Practitioners Jan 2010

Concierge Medicine: The Perfect Storm? Implications For Nurse Practitioners

Linda A. Treiber

This article addresses a recent change in the health care delivery system: the concierge medical practice, where doctors provide an array of special services by limiting practice to a small number of patients willing to pay a membership fee. The purpose of this article is to document this trend and to situate it within the health care system. Although beneficial for patients who can afford it, concierge medicine leads to increasing health care inequalities and disparities in the United States. The implications for nurse practitioners include caring for a larger and sicker population of underserved patients.


When The 5 Rights Go Wrong: Medication Errors From The Nursing Perspective, Jackie H. Jones, Linda A. Treiber Dec 2009

When The 5 Rights Go Wrong: Medication Errors From The Nursing Perspective, Jackie H. Jones, Linda A. Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

This study describes nurses' perceptions about how and why medication errors occur and their personal experiences with medication errors. A survey was mailed to a random sample of registered nurses. Two hundred and two responded. Of those, 158 (78%) nurses admitted making medication errors and provided details about these errors. This study, by providing the perspective of frontline nurses, contributes to the body of knowledge on medication errors.


Mcjobs And Pieces Of Flair: Teaching About Mcdonaldization. Podium/Regional, Linda Treiber Oct 2009

Mcjobs And Pieces Of Flair: Teaching About Mcdonaldization. Podium/Regional, Linda Treiber

Linda A. Treiber

No abstract provided.


Devastatingly Human: An Analysis Of Registered Nurses’ Medication Error Accounts. Podium/National, Linda Treiber, Jackie Jones Oct 2009

Devastatingly Human: An Analysis Of Registered Nurses’ Medication Error Accounts. Podium/National, Linda Treiber, Jackie Jones

Linda A. Treiber

No abstract provided.