Press statement from Cindy Zolnierek, PhD, RN, Executive Director of Texas Nurses Association:
"I am a nurse and I can tell you, we don’t work alone. There is a tremendous amount of information sharing that goes into screening, treating, and following patients throughout their care. When something is missed or goes wrong, we need to ask why and how. Blaming individuals is counterproductive. Worse, it can distract from the central question, which is 'How can we prevent this from happening again?' That’s what will help hospitals around the country to protect the public. Nurses are always evaluating and improving practice – it’s an integral part of our profession. For example, in Texas, hospitals are required to involve nurses in decisions affecting staffing levels because nurses are educated and qualified to make the right call based on patient needs. The goal for nurses is always the best outcome for our patients."
I second all the comments here and want to add that as nurse in Texas I appreciate my professional organization recognizing the role of systems in healthcare. No one became a nurse to hurt people.
says... Posted Friday, October 3, 2014
Thank you, Dr. Zolnierek, for emphasizing the value of a positive, problem-solving approach to healthcare challenges. Each challenge provides the opportunity to improve our process and deliver even better care.
Thank you, Dr. Zolnierek. I am happy to see that you representing TNA responded to this issue immediately. I agree with your press statement. Nurses work as part of healthcare teams. Nurses do assessments as part of their practice and physicians also do assessments on the same patients. The team members should be working together to compare notes and make sure that all aspects of assessments are covered in order to address patients' needs and for safety reasons. "What happened in this case and why did it happen?" are questions that should be asked and answered to determine how to prevent a recurrence.
Patricia Blair, PhD, JD, MSN, RN