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Press Release Archive (2016)

May 6-12th: National Nurses Week

Honoring the Nurses of Lowell General Hospital

Safety 360 Taking Responsibility Together

The American Nursing Association (ANA) defines a culture of safety as one in which core values and behaviors — resulting from a collective and sustained commitment by organizational leadership, managers and workers — emphasize safety over competing goals.

Attributes of a positive safety culture include:

  • openness and mutual trust when discussing safety concerns and solutions without individual blame;
  • marshaling of appropriate resources, such as safe staffing- and skill-mix levels;
  • a learning environment in which health care professionals learn from errors and proactively detect systemic weaknesses; and
  • transparency and accountability.

Every day, nurses step forward embracing new technologies, resolving emerging issues, and accepting ever-changing roles in their profession. They lead the way for their patients, colleagues, organizations, and the health care industry as a whole. Nurses work in emergency rooms, school-based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. They have many roles — from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher — and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.



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