Walker, Danielle PhD, RN, CNE; Altmiller, Gerry EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, FAAN; Hromadik, Lora PhD, RN; Barkell, Nina MSN, RN, ACNS-BC; Barker, Nancy EdD, RN; Boyd, Teri EdD, MNSc, RN; Compton, Michelle MSN, RN; Cook, Pamela MSN, RN; Curia, Marianne PhD, MSN, R
While just culture is embraced in the clinical setting, just culture has not been systematically incorporated into nursing education. Dr. Walker describes their study of prelicensure nursing student perceptions of just culture in academia. The Just Culture Assessment Tool for Nursing Education (JCAT-NE) was used to measure just culture across multiple (N = 15) nursing programs. The majority of JCAT-NE respondents (78%) reported their program has a safety reporting system, 15.4% had involvement in a safety-related event, and 12% submitted an error report. There was a significant total score decline as students progressed from the beginning to the middle and end of the program. The results are a call to action for nursing education to emphasize the tenets of just culture, error reporting, and quality improvement.