Nurses Who Teach Lead Best
Earlier this month, I wrote about a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, which found that nurses are more likely to report patient-care errors when they feel safe admitting them to their supervisors. That, in turn, leads to a lower overall error rate and a stronger commitment to safety protocols.
Another recent study in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, found that "when supported by their practice environments, nurses employ practices that can assist in interrupting medication errors before they reach the patients." A supportive practice environment was positively associated with error interception practices, and interception practices were, in turn, associated with lower medication error rates.
I could go on and on, citing study after study showing the importance of nurse leadership on healthcare quality, nursing satisfaction, and worker performance. But I won't. Instead, I'll just let you nurse leaders take the information and run with it.
Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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