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Patient Safety: A Shared Responsibility

Author(s): Ballard, K

Journal: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
ISSN 1091-3734

Volume: 8;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: patient safety | health care errors | competency | patient outcomes | stakeholders | nursing shortage | ethics | lifelong learning | nursing standards | licensure | safety legislation | magnet hospitals

Patient safety is an essential and vital component of quality nursing care. However, the nation’s health care system is prone to errors, and can be detrimental to safe patient care, as a result of basic systems flaws. A variety of stakeholders (society in general; patients; individual nurses; nursing educators, administrators, and researchers; physicians; governments and legislative bodies; professional associations; and accrediting agencies) are responsible for ensuring that patient care is safely delivered and that no harm occurs to patients. The responsibility of these stakeholders in addressing patient safety in the context of a nursing shortage is discussed, along with specific actions they have taken, and can continue to take, to promote safe care.
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