As patient safety concerns continue to be addressed in the health care settings, nurses can play an active role in implementing safety improvement measures and plans. Often root-cause analyses are conducted and safety improvement plans are created to address sentinel or adverse events such as medication errors, patient falls, wrong-site surgery events, and hospital-acquired infections. Performing a root-cause analysis offers a systematic approach for identifying causes of problems, including process and system-check failures. Once the causes of failures have been determined, a safety improvement plan can be developed to prevent recurrences. The baccalaureate nurse’s role as a leader is to create safety improvement plans as well as disseminate vital information to staff nurses and other health care professionals to protect patients and improve outcomes.
As you prepare for this assessment, it would be an excellent choice to complete the Quality and Safety Improvement Plan Knowledge Base activity and to review the various assessment resources, all of which will help you build your knowledge of key concepts and terms related to quality and safety improvement. The terms and concepts will be helpful as you prepare your Root-Cause Analysis and Safety Improvement Plan. Activities are not graded and demonstrate course engagement.
Demonstration of Proficiency
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria: MUST FOLLOW TEMPLATE PROVIDED attached
•Competency 1: Analyze the elements of a successful quality improvement initiative. ◦Apply evidence-based and best-practice strategies to address a safety issue or sentinel event pertaining to medication administration. ◦Create a viable, evidence-based safety improvement plan for safe medication administration.
•Competency 2: Analyze factors that lead to patient safety risks. ◦Analyze the root cause of a patient safety issue or a specific sentinel event pertaining to medication administration in an organization.
•Competency 3: Identify organizational interventions to promote patient safety. ◦Identify existing organizational resources that could be leveraged to improve a safety improvement plan for safe medication administration.
•Competency 5: Apply professional, 3 scholarly sources, evidence-based strategies to communicate in a manner that supports safe and effective patient care. ◦Communicate in writing that is clear, logical, and professional, with correct grammar and spelling, using current APA style.