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Nursing errors: The Dirty Dozen.

Errors aren't about bad people or bad luck. They're about bad planning, bad systems.

                 Errors aren’t about bad people or bad luck.                They’re about bad planning, bad systems.


Ian Miller at theNursePath provides an excellent quick read on nursing errors and the factors that trip us up, in Nursing errors. The Dirty Dozen. | theNursePath.

Health care managers often blame nurses for these errors, avoiding the work of improving systems badly in need of it. Sadly, many staff nurses buy into this blame game. Try this quick exercise: look at Ian’s 12 error factors from the link above, and consider which ones affect you at work. Which ones routinely affect you? Which ones has anyone done anything about? Which ones are intentionally imposed on staff to save money?

Obvious contributors to errors, ignored or instituted by management, amounts in my mind to planned patient harm: not staff errors as much as irresponsible management. Airlines overwhelmingly focus on systems approaches; health care overwhelmingly blames people instead. Is it any surprise at all that air travel is extremely safe, and health care a leading cause of death? Health care errors kill more Americans in a day than airlines do in a decade. The abusive health care ‘blame and train/fire’ model must end, and we must demand genuine systems reform, not more public relations fiction. Thousands of lives are at stake.


About Big Red Carpet Nurse (1750 Articles)
Along with other stuff I enjoy that pays the bills (a plus!), I'm a budding nurse comic. I plan, like fake Opthomologist Rand Paul, to create my own professional organization solely so it will grant me a Doctorate. In my case, the org will be something like the AANC (American Association of Nurse Comics), and it will (trust me on this point) agree to make me the first ever DNC: Doctor of Nurse Comedy. I'll keep you posted!

2 Comments on Nursing errors: The Dirty Dozen.

  1. Not at all surprised by the fatigue and stress. I know of two nurses who quit because they were assigned more and more patients and found it impossible to do a good job

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