• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
(1 pharm hour)
Author(s): Eileen S. O'Neill, PhD, RN
Peer Reviewer(s): Michelle Bell, RN, BSN, FISMP
Item#: N1582
Contents: 1 Course Book (72 pages)

Protecting Patient Safety: Preventing Medical Errors, Updated 1st Edition

Price $19.95
Item # N1582
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

This continuing education course discusses the current state of medical errors, patient safety and how nurses can become active participants in safety culture. Along with types and causes of medical errors, strategies to prevent or control these mistakes are presented. Methods of identifying, analyzing and reporting medical errors are also discussed. This CE course also addresses patient safety initiatives from the Joint Commission, National Quality Forum, National Safety Foundation, AHRQ, NCPS, FDA, World Health Organization, and the Leapfrog Group.

Florida Nurses: Fulfills your entire Prevention of Medical Errors CE requirement.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the Scope, background, and language of medical errors
  • Discuss common causes of medical errors and error-reducing interventions
  • Discuss types of medical errors and error-reducing strategies
  • Describe a culture of safety
  • Describe the processes involved in identifying, analyzing, and reporting medical errors
  • Identify populations with increased vulnerability to medical errors
  • Discuss patient safety education and patient safety initiatives
Eileen S. O’Neill PhD, RN, is Professor Emerita at the College of Nursing University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her specialty is adult pulmonary care. Dr. O’Neill’s research program centers on clinical decision making. She has been a co-investigator on several grants, most recently on a National Science Foundation grant to develop a point-of-care clinical decision support system to improve clinical decision-making and reduce errors. Dr. O’Neill has published in several leading nursing journals, focusing on the care of pulmonary patients and the role of technology in improving patient care and safety
Michelle Bell, RN, BSN, FISMP, is the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority’s Patient Safety Liaison for the Delaware Valley North Region in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Her role is to support the Patient Safety Officers in this region. Prior to joining the Patient Safety Authority, Ms. Bell completed a year-long fellowship with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a world-renowned expert organization with a focus on medication safety. She developed her interest in patient safety while working in an Emergency Department, and later she took a role as a Quality Improvement Specialist. Ms. Bell is a graduate of Creighton University School of Nursing.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.