Patient Safety

Keeping patients safe is a core responsibility of all nurses working in every clinical setting. Patient safety as a nursing specialty, however, focuses on in depth analysis and critical incident reviews of adverse events utilizing quality and performance improvement methodologies such as lean six-sigma, failure mode effects analysis (FMEA), and root cause analysis. These nurses have knowledge of evidence-based clinical practices, national benchmarks, and regulatory reporting requirements. Patient safety nurse specialists communicate safety improvement recommendations that are derived from the analyses to hospital administration and implement error prevention strategies into the organizational structure. They may manage quality improvement projects, contribute to annual revisions to the Patient Safety Plan, provide regular feedback to leadership, and serve as a liaison to Risk Management and other quality teams. 

In this Patient Safety Nursing library, we’ve assembled resources to help you perform optimally in this critical role. Our Pocket Cards are quick, handy references focused on never events. Refer to the Guideline Summaries to learn need-to-know information from the latest recommendations. Our infographics, tips and mnemonics, and blogs are additional resources to help you during your career. 

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