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Answering the Wake-Up Call to Nurse Leaders: Five Practices to Restore Psychological Safety After the Vaught Case

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      The criminal prosecution of RaDonda Vaught shook the nursing world and impacted a stressed, disengaged, and dwindling, post-pandemic nursing workforce. As a result, it is critical for nurse leaders to ensure that psychological safety permeates the work environment because it is a central force for high performing teams and a culture of safety. This article proposes 5 specific and targeted leadership practices to successfully navigate organizational stress, restore trust, and ensure psychological safety in the workforce.
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      Mary Ann Camilleri, JD, RN, FACHE, is director and senior lecturer, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in Healthcare Leadership, Systems & Policy, at Yale School of Nursing in Orange, Connecticut. She can be reached at [email protected]; Mary Allegra, DNP, NPD-BC, NEA-BC, is lecturer, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Yale School of Nursing, and director, Nursing Professional Practice, Research, Magnet Designation & Pregnancy and Birth Center at Middlesex Health in Middletown, Connecticut. Joan Kearney, PhD, APRN, FAAN, is professor and chair, Yale School of Nursing & Yale Child Study Center.