To err is common but don’t become a victim of medical error – instead get informed, entertained, and inspired.
You’re in the hospital and it’s 3:00 a.m. Do you know where your nurse is?
It’s a sad fact that every year more than 100,000 people enter American hospitals for one reason and leave on a funeral gurney for a completely different one!
A native New Yorker, Margot Terrence, R.N., has worked at some of the finest hospitals in the country. For thirty years she has held positions ranging from staff nurse and unit manager to Chief Nursing Officer and Director – and she has seen it all!
What she witnessed became the inspiration for her book, To Err Is Common.
To Err Is Common is a novel that is based on actual incidents taking place in hospitals across the United States every day.
Join Nurse Andrea Pastori, a profoundly concerned and dedicated young nurse, who is looking for personal and professional fulfillment in a complex, stressful, sometimes depressing but often exhilarating, environment.
While her character is fictional, the incidents Andrea encounters in her quest to serve as a compassionate and competent nurse are very real and tell the story of what those on the front lines, particularly nurses and their colleagues in hospital work, deal with daily in their fight against disease, stress, legal and administrative bureaucracy, accidents, injuries and the ensuing professional and personal heartache.
While we have been somewhat enlightened by the many TV and movie portrayals of life in a hospital, much of what really happens remains a mystery.
Margot Terrence’s book To Err Is Common is entertaining and inspiring, but more importantly it offers insight and information to medical professionals as well as assistance to readers that may help them or their loved ones survive a hospital stay.
Andrea is a bright, attractive and gifted young woman who attempts to deal with the often tragic consequences of medical errors on patients and on those who became nurses and medical professionals to heal others but instead have ended up doing the opposite.
To Err Is Common takes a long, hard, but also entertaining and involving, look at modern-day nursing.
You will be both impressed and confounded by the complicated and sometimes maddening procedures nurses must undertake to successfully do their jobs, while keeping their personal lives intact.
And you will have a new understanding of how and why things can occasionally go terribly wrong. One thing is for sure; you will gain a new respect for the challenges of this noble profession and for all who work in it.
Margot Terrence knew early on in life that she wanted to pursue a career in nursing and she has fulfilled that quest for over thirty years.
She has been able to manifest her passion for excellence in nursing and in patient care at some of the finest hospitals in the United States. She is currently the Director of Risk Management at a large urban hospital.
For more information on To Err Is Common, please visit:www.toerriscommon.com.
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