While it is widely accepted that adopting a systems perspective is important for understanding and addressing patient safety issues, nurse educators typically address these issues from the perspective of individual student performance. In this study, the authors explored unsafe patient care events recorded in 60 randomly selected clinical learning contracts initiated for students in years 2, 3, and 4 of the undergraduate nursing program at the University of Manitoba. The contracts had been drawn up for students whose nursing care did not meet clinical learning objectives and standards or whose performance was deemed unsafe. Using qualitative content analysis, the authors categorized data pertaining to 154 unsafe patient care events recorded in these contracts.Thirty-seven students precipitated these events. Most events were related to medication administration (56%) and skill application (20%). A breakdown of medication administration events showed that the highest number were errors related to time (33%) and dosage (24%). International students and male students were responsible for a higher number of events than their numbers in the sample would lead one to expect. The findings support further study related to patient safety and nursing education.