Book: To Err Is Common by Margot Terrence
categories: Book, Nursing, Hospital Life, Medical Drama, Medical Errors, Hospital Errors, Nursing Stories, Hospitals, Nursing Errors, Nurse Novels, Gifts for Nurses, Medical Fiction
Margot Terrence about this book: Andrea Pastori is a young, funny, passionate and dedicated nurse at a fictional hospital in Philadelphia. TO ERR IS COMMON tells the story of her personal and professional struggle to remain true to the ideals of nursing in the face of continuing medical errors at her hospital. To read this dramatic and controversial novel is to be let into the life of hospitals and those who work there as never before. While Andrea's story is that of a nurse and her professional, social (and occasionally romantic!) interactions with the doctors, hospital administrators, patients and her nursing colleagues, the reader who is not part of the profession will learn about what is really happening in the ER, the OR, in patient rooms and at the Nurses' Stations of our hospitals, as well as what happens to hospital staff outside the hospital walls.
Writing TO ERR IS COMMON has been a labor of love for the nursing profession on the part of its author who has more than 30 years experience as a nurse, risk manager and hospital administrator. While the tragic results of errors in hospitals in the book are of course fictionalized, the events are based on true occurrences which, unfortunately, happen all too often in hospitals in the United States. Medical errors, in fact, result in more than 100,000 deaths each year. It is the author's hope that in fashioning this story, nurses will be encouraged and inspired anew in the nobility of their profession. Of major importance also is that Margot Terrence wants current and future hospital patients to learn what they can do to arm themselves against becoming victims of such mistakes.
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