Patient Safety Journal of Nursing

Enhancing Nursing Assistant Curriculum: Incorporating Strategies to Speak Up for Safety

Enhancing Nursing Assistant Curriculum: Incorporating Strategies to Speak Up for Safety

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Nursing Assistants are non-licensed clinical staff who, despite being directly involved in patient care, may be reluctant to call out safety concerns because of their position within the clinical hierarchal structure. The current nursing assistant training curriculum provides basic instruction on communication and teamwork skills, however, does little to reinforce the importance of the nursing assistant’s role, or empower these staff to bring safety concerns forward. This reluctance to speak up may result in unaddressed safety issues and patient harm.

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Rapid Response Team to the Rescue

Rapid Response Team to the Rescue

Tags: Ambulance cardiac Doctors EMS Follow-Ups patient patient safety Rapid Response rapid response team rapid response team benefits Rescue Rescue Team RRT RRT Nurse RRT Nursing Team treatment working together

Rapid response team (RRT) purpose is to initiate immediate measures before patient deteriorates further and to educate the staff on activating the staff the Rapid response team.

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Impact of Language Barriers on Patient Safety

Impact of Language Barriers on Patient Safety

Tags: communication language LEP linguistics medication errors patient education patient safety

This paper discusses how linguistic differences can contribute to patient adverse outcomes and the role of health care providers in mitigating the impact.

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The Importance of Educating in Real-Time

The Importance of Educating in Real-Time

Tags: acute care critical thinking educating nursing education patient care patient safety perioperative teaching

Working in the acute care hospital, provides many opportunities to learn. As healthcare workers, we must recognize and act quickly on any situation that puts a patient at risk. A recent situation occurred in the hospital that required both the need to act and to provide education in real-time.

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Increasing demands on nurses and the role of the nurse educator: Developing nursing competencies

Increasing demands on nurses and the role of the nurse educator: Developing nursing competencies

Tags: Competency Nurse Education Nurse Educator patient care patient outcomes patient safety performance

Increasing demands of todays healthcare environment poses many challenges for nurses providing care at the bedside. Nurse educators are in a position to develop nursing competencies that support nurses and assist them in the provision of safe, quality patient care.

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Bedside Reporting: Embracing the Need for Clinical Change

Bedside Reporting: Embracing the Need for Clinical Change

Tags: bedside reporting Clinical Education healthcare team patient involvement patient safety reporting

Communication is an integral part of nursing care. The implementation of bedside reporting practices provides an avenue for best practices and improved outcomes.

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Phlebotomy Basics For Nurses

Phlebotomy Basics For Nurses

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The processes of phlebotomy are pivotal for patient care. Nurses may have to perform phlebotomy for their patient in various health care settings. Understanding the procedures, processes and reasons behind phlebotomy is the key to ensuring patient safety and positive patient outcomes.

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What Role does Cultural Diversity play in Patient Safety?

What Role does Cultural Diversity play in Patient Safety?

Tags: culture diversity patient safety

Cultural Diversity plays a very important role and will continue to play an even greater role as we move into a more diversified world. We live in an era of constant change and transformation, which in return paves the way for cultural transparency. The U.S. population consists of members from different racial and ethnic groups and depending on their geographical location, they can either be more or less concentrated.

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