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Whether medical errors will occur is not the question. When and to what degree of harm will the patient, nursing staff, and organization experience is a more valid question. The nurse leader’s ability to navigate staff through the aftermath of a negative patient event has far-reaching consequences. Errors impact the organization financially and reputationally, and can have devastating results for the nursing staff. This paper explores the use of AONL’s 9 elements of a healthful practice environment. These elements offer structure and guidance for the nurse leader to mindfully lead the nursing staff through a difficult situation while enhancing staff resilience and organizational success.

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