Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 14(4) November 2011 : 14-14.doi:10.12927/hcq.2011.22643

Letter to the Editor

David McNeil

Re: Nurses think reporting patient safety events is just futile
Healthcare Quarterly, Vol. 14 No. 3 2011

You missed an opportunity to address an important issue with the cavalier way in which you headlined the story about patient safety reporting on the cover of your latest issue.

Nurses consider patient safety a top priority in their care, however, the headline suggests to the indiscriminate reader, that all nurses are ambivalent about reporting patient safety events.

We have no argument with the study or its findings and congratulate the writers for bringing transparency to the issue.

But we are concerned that headlining the article to your readership in this way both misrepresents nurses and characterizes them as indifferent to the problem.

David McNeil
President, Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario


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