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Welcome to the Safety in Healthcare Course

The Safety in Healthcare course describes the importance of safe patient care, offers strategies for engaging patients and families in care processes, and provides critical thinking exercises that allow nurses to practice identifying examples of adverse situations, human factors associated with errors, and safe team practices.

This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91). For more information about how to earn nursing Contact Hours for the Safety in Healthcare course, please see the User Manual or fill out a Contact Us form.

Safety in Healthcare -- Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the driving forces in patient safety;
  2. Understand the interrelationship of and difference between safety and quality;
  3. Define the elements of safe team practice in a culture of safety;
  4. Identify examples of adverse situations and how they affect patient safety;
  5. Describe the core concepts of patient and family engagement, and how they impact patient safety;
  6. Identify examples of the four Es (Engage, Educate, Execute, and Evaluate) of partnering with patients, their families, and other informal caregivers;
  7. Identify behaviors and human factors associated with errors; and
  8. Define error types and how they relate to an adverse event.

About the Author

The assistance and many contributions of Sara Atwell and Shari Carson to the development of the Safety in Healthcare module are acknowledged with thanks.