Readers panel: Are nurses too afraid to report medication errors?
Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt says nurses and doctors are terrified that if they are open about medication mistakes they could be struck off their professional registers. Nursing Standard readers have their say
Rachel Kent is a mental health nurse in London
Yes, because we work in a culture of accountability, which can be misinterpreted as a culture of blame. Instead of learning from mistakes you can be made to feel like a failure, which does little for your self-confidence and can lead to more errors. Accountability is acknowledging a mistake and learning from it in a supportive environment. Who is the better nurse – the one who admits to mistakes or the one who claims to have made none?
Drew Payne is a community staff nurse in north London...
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