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A Culture Of Fear Worsens The Nursing Shortage And Medical Errors

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 5:39am
Jeffrey I. Kreisberg, PhD

There has been a lot talk about changing how we reimburse providers for healthcare from one that pays for services performed, to another that reimburses providers depending on what happens to the patient.

I think we must take a couple of steps back and first tackle the public health crises we are facing that is putting our healthcare in danger, namely, medical errors and the growing nursing shortage. Despite identifying work place conflict as the root cause, the number of medical errors and shortages of nurses has continued to rise over the past decade.

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