ONA  Statement on Non-Punitive Reporting of Errors

Posted 6 months ago

On April 2, 2022, the ONA Board of Directors approved the statement on Non-Punitive Reporting of Errors: Embracing the Use of Just Culture and Transparency in Error Reporting. This statement is a direct result of the jury conviction of the former Vanderbilt University Medical Center nurse. However, this is not the first time a nurse has been prosecuted for an error. It is inevitable that mistakes will happen, and systems will fail. The criminalization of medical errors is unnerving, and this verdict sets into motion a dangerous precedent. There are more effective and just mechanisms to examine errors, establish system improvements and take corrective action. This includes the involvement of direct care nurses at all levels to be a part of the development of system changes that enhance the quality of patient care across the continuum.

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