Patient safety and Medical errors

  1. "As long as unreasonable schedules, dangerous understaffing, and fears of institutional reprisal keep nurses from meeting this calling, many will continue to leave the bedside. Nurses do not want to be a part of a health system that fails to meet the needs of patients. Registered nurses, hospital administrators, other health care providers, health system planners, and consumers must come together in a meaningful way to create a system that supports both patients and health care providers. We should begin by improving the environment for nursing. "

    for the Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health
    Statement of the American Nurses Association

    Regarding Improving Patient Safety
    March 7, 2002

    Presented By
    Mary E. Foley, MS, RN
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