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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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First Advisor

Cynthia Jacelon

Second Advisor

Jenna L. Marquard

Third Advisor

Heather Hamilton

Fourth Advisor

William Soares

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Healthcare related medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Interruptions and distractions can lead to an increased risk of nurses making errors in healthcare, particularly during medication administration. Student nurses should receive education during their prelicensure period on the management of interruptions especially before being given the responsibility of performing high risk tasks such as medication administration. Using a novel interruption management strategy called Stay S.A.F.E., nursing students were interrupted during a simulated medication administration. Students were evaluated on the time spent on the task and if errors were committed. Lastly, perceived workload was measured using the NASA Task Load Index (TLX) tool.


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