Nurses key to health quality and safety

11 May 2011 | Infection Prevention & Control

Speaking on International Nurses Day, Dr Wilson says nurses are expert at recognising problems and understanding why they have occurred, developing and implementing solutions.

“Nurses are there 24/7, they coordinate care and are therefore ideally positioned to identify gaps in care. Nurses are the ones who usually record when an event occurs or something goes wrong.

“This enables us to learn from what has happened and put in place processes to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

She says the Commission values the input of nurses across a wide range of clinical quality and safety issues.

“International Nurses Day is an opportunity to celebrate and thank New Zealand’s nurses for their tireless work and commitment to patient safety.”

Last updated 19/01/2012