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Malpractice in Nursing and Midwifery Students

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İnönü Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Hemşirelik Esasları Malatya

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Atatürk Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi İç Hastalıkları Hemşireliği AD. Erzurum

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Fırat Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Hemşirelik Bölümü, Elazığ

Arch Health Sci Res 2017; 4: 98-104
DOI: 10.17681/hsp-dergisi.276950
Read: 2662 Downloads: 884 Published: 17 December 2019

Objective: This study was conducted to investigate the malpractice tendencies of nursing and midwifery students. Method : The study sample consisted of nursing intern nursing and midwifery students (n=202) studying at the Fırat University, Faculty of Health Sciences between November 2015 and June 2016. Personal Information Form and the Educational Malpractice Scale (EMS) was used for data collection. Results: Of the intern students included in the study, 62.4% (126) was found to be nursing students, 31.7% was doing internship in the maternity clinic, and 36.1% was found to provide care for 1 to 5 patients daily. The "During your education, have you ever made at least one mistake that might jeopardize the safety of the patients?" question was responded with 'No' by 89.6% (181) of the nursing and midwifery students included in the study. And, the "During your education, have you ever seen any mistake of your team that might jeopardize the safety of the patients?" question was answered with 'No' by 74.3% (150) of the nursing and midwifery students. The nursing and midwifery students included in the study were asked about the most common malpractices faced in their hospital of internship, and the most common medical errors were found to be hospital infections, postponed or unperformed treatment, post-operative complications, and needle/sharp object injuries. The first five causes of malpractice reported by the nursing and midwifery students were stress, excessive workload, inadequate professional knowledge, and inexperience. Conclusion:The mean Educational Malpractice Scale score was found to be 200.62±33.07 (in the range of 54-245 points), indicating a lower level of malpractice tendency.

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