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Don’t Become A Victim Of Medical Error – Instead Get Informed, Entertained, And Inspired

Marina Del Rey, CA, April 9, 2012 – 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 (Prisyon Publishing); 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. Andrea Pastori’s story 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. Through her eyes you will take 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 this talented writer, please visit: www.toerriscommon.com <http://www.ascotmedianews.com/em12all/lt.php?c=3410&m=487&nl=227&s=1db6538148f9d859586b5debbacd7a9d&lid=16085&l=-http--www.toerriscommon.com/> .

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Cindy Damboise, RN, MSN, MHA, CCRN, PCCN: “To Err is Common is a ‘must read’ for every RN.  From start to finish, Ms. Terrence captivates the reader with informative truths all nurses need to know to not only protect patients but their professional careers.  As an RN with many years of experience, I found this novel truly inspiring to not only validate why nursing is my passion but my role as a nursing leader in protecting patients and advocating for their safety.  Thank you, Ms. Terrence, for bringing me back to basics and reaffirming my reason for choosing Nursing.”

Susan Viker, RN, Nurse Epidemiologist: “As I was reading To Err is Common, I couldn’t help but think that this is one of the books that I should have been reading at the time I was reading my nursing textbooks. The story is written as a fictional tale, and artfully details the struggles of providing safe healthcare through the experiences of Andrea, a smart and highly motivated nurse. Unfortunately, the mistakes and negligence described&helliphappens in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and surgical centers every day. Healthcare workers as well as their patients are directly affected by these errors, and both can pay a terrible price. Margot Terrence entertains us as she enlightens us to the reality of modern healthcare. This is a must read for anyone who works in healthcare or who will receive this care.”



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