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Nurse education
Student nurses require a supportive environment when exercising their moral obligation for patient safety
  1. Rosario Rose Sakamoto
  1. School of Nursing, California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rosario Rose Sakamoto, California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, California 92834, USA; rsakamoto{at}

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Commentary on: Fisher M, Kiernan M. Student nurses’ lived experience of patient safety and raising concerns. Nurse Education Today, 2019, 77: 1–5.

Implications for practice and research

  • Nursing education, clinical practice and health policies must be aligned to ensure patient safety and quality competencies.

  • Mixed-method studies are needed to fully understand nursing students’ experiences when juggling higher education and healthcare settings.


Patient safety per the National Patient Safety 2019 standards1—is a global concern and central to quality patient care. Nurses and other healthcare providers, health educators and leaders have a moral and professional obligation to ensure patient safety. Acute care and ambulatory patient settings alike uphold patient safety that necessitates patient care stakeholders’ alignment of healthcare safety and health workers’ quality competencies.2 An ongoing pedagogical approach whereby European healthcare students learn patient safety from observations and reflections …

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  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.