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Whether you’re a direct-care nurse or a leader, you’re responsible for speaking up and taking action to keep patients safe. As front line workers, direct care nurses are error identifiers. The organizations where they work are responsible to create systems that are safe. Nurse leaders are responsible to develop environments that encourage speaking up and are free of punitive response. In a perfect world, discipline is based on the behavioral choice a person makes not the injury to the patient.


This work was originally published in American Nurse.



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