Joyce Benton and Jennifer Flynn present an informative article outlining the legal claims that involve registered nurses. [See “Identifying and minimizing risk exposures affecting nursing practice to enhance patient safety” in the January issue.] I was impressed by their recommendations and believe all nurses should understand and apply them. As a Quality and Patient Safety Coordinator of a metropolitan pediatric hospital, I am charged with auditing all events reported, and I have seen an increase in sentinel events in which parents note a change in their child and alert the staff, but the staff does nothing until the compromise is evident and, at times, irreversible. This is a failure on our part as patient advocates.
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