Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • When Patient Safety is Everyone’s Safety

    While I have written about patient safety many times, I don’t feel that I have nailed the case for “safety collectivism” — the idea that keeping everyone safe starts by taking care of one. Current safety regulations almost make safety about the regulation itself rather than about doing what is ethically obligated because we are 

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  • From Jordan Part II: Healing Hearts and Minds in Nursing Care

    The Middle Eastern Nurses & Partners Uniting in Human Caring conference in Aqaba last week moved in the direction in which it was faced: sharing of vital experience while looking at the challenges of providing nursing care in this part of the world.  The differences in core beliefs are set aside in the acceptance of

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  • From Jordan: Human Caring at the Patient Bedside

    I’m in Aqaba, Jordan this week, at the second annual conference of Middle Eastern Nurses and Partners Uniting in Human Caring.  Coming to the Middle East is a step into a different reality, revealing my own inability to understand the continuing conflicts beneath the surface that plague this part of the world. Jordan is a neutral

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  • “Do No Harm” is Not Enough Anymore for Patient Safety

    Florence Nightingale was not only the Mother of Modern Nursing; she also was the Mother of Healthcare Design and Patient Safety. She demanded ongoing documentation of patient progress and invented the nurse call system. She actually saw all of this as nursing — taking responsibility for the sick and preventing unnecessary suffering and death. Nightingale’s

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