Nurses working in hospitals keep their patients safe by risk management, suggests a new study.
Interviews with RNs revealed nurses continually assess the clinical environment for possible risks of harm and use their knowledge of potential risks and knowledge of the patient to prevent harm.
Successful risk management requires nurses to recognize risks before they reach the patient, constantly prioritize the identified risks, then act to prevent those that would cause the patient the most serious harm.
More details are in Groves et al. (2012). It’s always something: Hospital nurses managing risk. Clinical Nursing Research. [Epub ahead of print]