Nursing: Medical Errors: Can They Be Prevented?

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About the Course

Medical errors cost the health care system millions each year.  They bring heartbreak to patients and families and they can ruin a professional career in a matter of minutes.  This course reviews the most prevalent and costly errors and provides background and strategies to avoid such devastating events.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Define terms important to the concept of medical errors.
  • Describe the various categories of medical errors.  
  • Identify factors that contribute to medical error occurrence.
  • Identify strategies for reducing nine common medical errors. 

About the Authors:

Adrianne Avillion, D.Ed., RN
Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed., RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and health care author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Penn State University and a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care, physical medicine, and rehabilitation settings and has held leadership roles in professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion is the owner and CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for health care professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. 

Susan L. Rubin, MSN, RN
Susan L. Rubin, MSN, RN, received her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) from West Chester University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Trials Nursing from Drexel University.  She is a published author who has experience as a progressive care unit nurse with a special interest in cardiac nursing.

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