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New Novel Explores Nursing Errors


LOS ANGELES―A new book, “To Err is Common" provides a glimpse into modern American hospitals in a realistic, dramatic, and sometimes humorous way, according to the author. “To Err Is Common," by Margot Terrence, is the story of a young nurse who is passionate about her career, but is faced with the reality of errors made by nurses―sometimes reported and sometimes not―that directly affect patients and result in many of the almost 200,000 deaths a year in American hospitals. The work is dubbed a “truvel"―a combination of true events set in a fictional world.

In the book, readers follow Andrea Pastori as she deals with medical incidents and errors at “Lawrence Memorial Hospital" and how they affect not only patients and staff but her own life outside the hospital. The underlying theme throughout demonstrates the need for nurses and all other healthcare providers to stay attentive in their involvement with patients from basic nursing assessment, communication hand-offs, the administration of medication and the accuracy of their paperwork. The author strongly believes that there will be no shortage of tragedies in hospitals as the result of medical errors in the near future, but she hopes “To Err is Common" will bring awareness to this topic and save lives of patients and their nurses. 

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