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September • 9 • 2022

A Dose of Insight – A Nurse’s Crucial Role in Patient Safety

White Paper

By Mark J. Hakim, BS, MA, MBA, CPHRM, FASHRM; Robert Hanscom, JD; Marlene Icenhower, BSN, JD, CPHRM; Sara Miller, MS, CPHQ; Susan L. Montminy, EdD, MPA, BSN, RN, CPHRM, CPPS; Barbara Ricci, BS, AIC; Maryann Small, MBA



To prevent errors in nursing, we must understand what kind of errors happen, how frequently they occur, where they happen, and why they happen.

This white paper is part of our series, A Dose of Insight ®.

Coverys examined closed malpractice claims where nurses were directly involved in patient care and shares key findings in this report, including: 
  • The specific types of nursing responsibilities that pose the greatest vulnerabilities.
  • The financial impact, patient harm, and emotional toll these risks can cause nurses.
  • How communication, workplace culture, and chain-of-command issues factor into overall risk. 

Data-driven recommendations to help reduce risk and improve patient safety are also provided.

View Report – Includes Video Commentary by Authors

Download/Print PDF – Does Not Include Video Commentary 

Copyrighted. No legal or medical advice intended. This post includes general risk management guidelines. Such materials are for informational purposes only and may not reflect the most current legal or medical developments. These informational materials are not intended, and must not be taken, as legal or medical advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. 



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