By Debra Wood, RN, contributor
No one heads to work wanting to make an error, especially nurses, but people are human. Mistakes happen. Nurses and their colleagues must develop a safety mindset and work together to implement evidence-based practices that protect their patients from preventable errors. READ FULL STORY
Assuming a broader approach to health than solely tackling specific disease states, the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 has added new objectives in its latest report to the Department of Health and Human Services, released on March 16, 2011. READ FULL STORY
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By Glenna Murdock, RN, contributor
What role do nurses play in creating a patient safety culture? From policy recommendations to improved error reporting and patient handoffs, health care experts have begun to recognize the key role that these frontline caregivers can play in the process. NurseZone spoke to representatives from the Cleveland Clinic about how nurses can be part of a multifaceted solution to preventing errors and improving safety throughout a facility. READ FULL STORY
By Jennifer Larson, contributor
A steering committee on nursing homes formed by the National Quality Forum has released a new set of 21 measures for assessing the care provided in nursing homes. READ FULL STORY
By Christina Orlovsky Page, contributor
Patient safety is always a priority for health care professionals, and one that is universally recognized every March during National Patient Safety Awareness Week. While ultimately patient care is in the hands of the provider, several organizations highlight the important role health information technology plays in keeping patients safe--from the admission to discharge, pharmacy to the bedside, and everywhere in between. READ FULL STORY
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