Learning to ensure patient safety in clinical settings: comparing Finnish and British nursing students’ perceptions

August 26, 2015

Source:  Journal of Clinical Nursing [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  July 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study aimed to explore and compare Finnish and British nursing students’ perceptions of their learning about patient safety in clinical settings. The participants were final year preregistration nursing students from two universities in Finland and two in England. The Finnish nursing students had significantly more critical perceptions on their learning about patient safety in clinical settings than the British students. Fewer Finnish students had practiced reporting of incidents in clinical settings compared to British students. Nursing students appear to want more learning opportunities related to patient safety compared to the reality in clinical settings.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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NHS England promises new and far reaching drive to improve patient safety

December 18, 2013

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  November 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  In this news item, NHS England describes the important work it is leading on to improve the safety of patients as part of a co-ordinated response to the Francis Report. Action that NHS England has already taken includes launching the Friends and Family Test to gather patient feedback, and rolling out a new plan for nursing, midwifery and care staff – the 6Cs Compassion in Practice strategy. NHS England’s medical director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, has also carried out a review of the quality of care and treatment provided by 14 hospital trusts that are persistent outliers on mortality indicators.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Staffing and resource adequacy strongly related to RNs’ assessment of patient safety: a national study of RNs working in acute-care hospitals in Sweden

November 27, 2013

Source:  BMJ Quality & Safety 2013 Oct 14. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  October 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study sought to provide evidence on how registered nurses (RNs) assess the safety of patient care at their workplace and how factors in RNs’ work environment are related to their assessments. Previous research has emphasised patient-to-nurse ratios in strengthening patient safety practices and this study complements this by emphasising RNs’ own perception of having enough staff and resources to provide quality nursing care.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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Nursing a safer future: how nurses are using proactive approaches to manage patient safety

July 31, 2013

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  July 2013

Publication type:  Journal supplement

In a nutshell: The Health Foundation have published a special supplement in association with the Nursing Times to explore the ways that nurses use hands-on methods to manage patient safety. Nurses are doing impressive work to improve the safety of their patients and they are well placed to carry out this work. The supplement displays nurse-led initiatives that demonstrate effective and proactive safety management.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Patient safety in healthcare preregistration educational curricula: multiple case study-based investigations of eight medicine, nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy university courses

July 31, 2013

Source:  BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Jun 1. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  June 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article aimed to investigate the formal and informal ways preregistration students from medicine, nursing, pharmacy and the allied healthcare professions learn about patient safety. Students were mainly taught about safety-related issues in isolation and there were limited opportunities for interprofessional learning and bridging the gaps between educational, practice and policy contexts. The authors state that a lot of thought needs to be given to the appointment of curriculum leads for patient safety and that they should be encouraged to work strategically across disciplines and topic areas. Role models should help students to make connections between theoretical considerations and routine clinical care.

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Multiprofessional Team Simulation Training, Based on an Obstetric Model, Can Improve Teamwork in Other Areas of Health Care

June 24, 2013

Source:  American Journal of Medical Quality 2013 May 7. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:   May 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Multi-professional scenario-based training was run in England to improve the safety culture and teamwork climate of three surgical wards at one hospital. Over a four-month period, 22 team training sessions were run, each comprising teams of four or five medical and nursing staff. Safety culture was measured before and after training using a validated tool. Scenario-based training was associated with an improvement in safety culture on the wards and a trend towards improved teamwork climate. However staff were less likely to think that staffing levels were adequate or have favourable perceptions of hospital management. This may be because the scenarios highlighted flaws in current practice.

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Nurse leadership and patient safety

August 31, 2012

Source: BMJ News and Articles

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  After increasing concern about the quality of patient care in the NHS, the UK government has called for improved nurse leadership and ward management. The Royal College of Nursing’s response higlighted the experience ward sisters already have which can provide expert leadership to the team, and that they should be equipped to supervise and develop the wider workforce. This response highlights the point that safer care for patients for more local ownership of local problems and the need for effective leadership at all levels of the organisation, rather than shows statements from government .

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