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Journal Article

Narrativizing nursing students' experiences with medical errors during clinicals.

Noland CM, Carmack HJ. Qualitative health research. 2015;25:1423-34.

This qualitative study examined narratives of nursing students' errors and found three common themes: "save the day" narratives (nurses recognize and mitigate physician errors), "silence" narratives (nurses do not disclose errors to patients), and "not always right" narratives (students were able to challenge supervisors). These narratives underscore the importance of a positive safety culture for identifying and mitigating errors in real time.