Research DIMENSIONMoral Distress, Compassion Fatigue, and Perceptions About Medication Errors in Certified Critical Care NursesMaiden, Jeanne PhD, RN, CNS-BC; Georges, Jane M. PhD, RN; Connelly, Cynthia D. PhD, RN, FAANAuthor Information Jeanne Maiden, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, is associate dean, professor, and MSN program director at the School of Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene, University in San Diego, California. Jane M. Georges, PhD, RN, is associate professor at the Hahn School of Nursing at the University of San Diego, California. Cynthia D. Connelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, is professor and director of nursing research at the Hahn School of Nursing at the University of San Diego, California. The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Jeanne Maiden, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, Point Loma Nazarene University, School of Nursing, 3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, CA 92106 ([email protected]). Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: November-December 2011 - Volume 30 - Issue 6 - p 339-345 doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e31822fab2a Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief The primary purpose of this study was to examine the previously untested relationships between moral distress, compassion fatigue, perceptions about medication errors, and nurse characteristics in a national sample of 205 certified critical care nurses. In addition, this study included a qualitative exploration of the phenomenon of medication errors in a smaller subset of certified critical care nurses. Results revealed statistically significant correlations between moral distress, compassion fatigue, and perceptions about medication errors in this group. Implications for critical care nurses seeking to create work environments conducive to the reduction of medication errors are explored. The results of a study to examine previously untested relationships between moral distress, compassion fatigue, perceptions about medication errors, and nurse characteristics are presented. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.