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By Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, editor-in-chief emeritus of AJN. Mason is a member of the National Advisory Committee of Kaiser Health News.

I was delighted to see Kaiser Health News publish a superb commentary by nurse researcher Mary Naylor and health economist Mark Pauly on why nurses are the key to patient safety and quality, the barriers that interfere with nurses being these sentinels, and what can be done to address these barriers. It should be required reading by all policymakers, CEOs of health care organizations, and trustees.

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