Nurses’ Responses and Reactions to an Emergent Pediatric Simulation Exercise

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Pediatric nurses’ responses and reactions in emergent simulations are understudied. Using authority gradient theory as a guide, the purpose of this study was to examine nurses’ reactions during an emergency simulation exercise when directed to give an incorrect medication dose. Ten groups of noncritical care nurses were videotaped from the beginning of the simulation through debriefing. Although errors were made during the simulation event, all groups responded correctly during debriefing, indicating that authority gradient may play a role in clinical decision-making.

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