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The ethics and practical importance of defining, distinguishing and disclosing nursing errors : a discussion paper

Johnstone, Megan-Jane and Kanitsaki, Olga 2006, The ethics and practical importance of defining, distinguishing and disclosing nursing errors : a discussion paper, International journal of nursing studies, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 367-376, doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2005.04.010.

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Title The ethics and practical importance of defining, distinguishing and disclosing nursing errors : a discussion paper
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Kanitsaki, Olga
Journal name International journal of nursing studies
Volume number 43
Issue number 3
Start page 367
End page 376
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2006-03
ISSN 0020-7489
1873-491X
Keyword(s) nursing errors
patient safety
ethics
incident reporting
clinical risk management
Summary Nurses globally are required and expected to report nursing errors. As is clearly demonstrated in the international literature, fulfilling this requirement is not, however, without risks. In this discussion paper, the notion of ‘nursing error’, the practical and moral importance of defining, distinguishing and disclosing nursing errors and how a distinct definition of ‘nursing error’ fits with the new ‘system approach’ to human-error management in health care are critiqued. Drawing on international literature and two key case exemplars from the USA and Australia, arguments are advanced to support the view that although it is ‘right’ for nurses to report nursing errors, it will be very difficult for them to do so unless a non-punitive approach to nursing-error management is adopted.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2005.04.010
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Elsevier B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022488

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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