Study underscores need for nurses to speak up on safety issues

03/22/2011 | U.S. News & World Report

A 6,500-participant study found 58% of nurses who had encountered a patient safety warning did not report the problem. With regard to events that almost or actually harmed patients, only 17% of nurses who had seen a dangerous shortcut and 11% of those who had encountered an incompetent colleague reported the case, according to the study. The researchers said the culture of silence is many hospitals can undermine the effectiveness of medical error prevention efforts.

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