Nursing: Preventing Medical Errors: Florida Nursing Update

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About the Course
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America, after heart disease and cancer. Beyond the obvious emotional toll, unexpected adverse effects related to medical errors increase personal and institutional financial burdens, adding estimated billions of dollars to healthcare costs annually. What more can be done to decrease the occurrence of medical errors? This education program provides information regarding the incidence of medical errors, describes the various categories of medical errors, identifies factors that contribute to medical error occurrence, and identifies strategies for reducing medical error occurrence. The program also discusses the impact of the Affordable Care Act on medical errors. This program meets the two-hour continuing education requirements for Florida nurses regarding medical errors as detailed in Florida Statute 456.013 and Florida Rule 64B9-5.

Learning Outcome
When presented with multiple situations, the learner will be able to assess the situation and determine strategies forreducing nine common medical errors.

Learning objectives
  • Discuss the incidence of medical errors.
  • Define terms important to the concept of medical error.
  • Describe the various categories of medical errors.
  • Identify factors that contribute to medical error occurrence according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Partnership for Patients.

About the Author
Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed., RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and healthcare author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her M.S. in nursing from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion hasheld a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings and leadership roles in professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for healthcare professionals and consulting services innursing professional development.

Disclaimer: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC.

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