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Error Avoidance
Beth Burhans
MHA 601 Principles of Health Care Administration
Dr. Tricia Devin
September 16, 2013

Error Avoidance There are errors in all ways of life and in all industries and workplaces. Some errors are unavoidable, while many errors are avoidable whether through planning and strategy or better training practices. In the healthcare field, errors can be very simple and not have a big impact, or they could be so significant that they could result in loss of life. As an administrator of a healthcare facility, it is imperative that the procedures, training, and regulations are updated and followed throughout every level of the facility from the maintenance crew, non-clinical staff, clinical staff and nurses and on up to the doctors themselves. The first error that could be avoided involves the operation of machinery and the employee attempting to create work around procedures on their own to enhance their own production (Johnson, 2009, p. 80). Although this sounds like a positive initiative on the part of the employee, this could prove dangerous if the proper safe guards are not being followed concerning the machinery involved. When shortcuts are taken, there is usually a consequence that will have to be paid, whether it shows up immediately or somewhere down the road. The next error that could be avoided involves “putting all employees through the same orientation program regardless of cultural interpretations of organizational hierarchies” (Johnson, 2009, p. 80). Cultural differences can present a problem in employee orientation programs because of the different values and beliefs of different cultures. Some cultures work with a more democratic approach to learning while other cultures want the direct guidance and direction that a supervisor or manager gives (Johnson, 2009, p102). A manager must be aware of the different cultures…...

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