A just-released study says nurses are afraid to speak up if they notice physicians making mistakes.
The study, The Silent Treatment: Why Safety Tools and Checklists Aren’t Enough to Save Lives , was conducted by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) in partnership with VitalSmarts, a corporate and organizational performance training company.
The study involved interviews of more than 6,500 nurses and nurse managers. Eighty-five percent said they have been in situations where a safety tool warned them of a problem, but 58% said they did nothing about it. The study illustrates that a culture of silence still pervades in healthcare and that many nurses are afraid to speak up when they notice something wrong.
Check out the study’s website to see it in its entirety.
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