Patient Safety Programs Ineffective, Most Nurses Say

Only four in 10 nurses describe the hospitals they work in as "safe." Poor communication, ineffective safety programs, and punitive hospital environments often stand in the way, nurses say.

4 comments on "Patient Safety Programs Ineffective, Most Nurses Say"
Beth Ulrich (3/24/2013 at 11:39 AM)

Could you please provide us information on the survey for the data you cited? Thanks!
Beth Boynton, RN, MS (3/21/2013 at 1:40 PM)

Thanks for your great article. I was compelled to write a blogpost about it. Seems too long for a comment? Here's the link:
MaryAnn Foley (3/15/2013 at 12:54 PM)

The private- for profit psychiatric hospital that I work for pays "lip service" to its safety program, focusing on preventing patient falls. Yet, when I verbalized my concern, and followed up with a written concern, their solution to "my problem" would be to float me off of my unit on the nights that the floors were stripped, washed and waxed. They totally missed my point-that patients were at risk of slipping on the standing liquid solution used for cleaning.Walking down those wet hallways was "mandatory" for "patient safety". This hospital's leadership lacks critical thinking skills.
Denis H. Francis (3/14/2013 at 10:44 AM)

Patient safety programs are as effective as the individuals that implement the programs and the support they get from their leadership in the process of creating and maintaining the culture. The patient safety culture has to be a nonpunitive one, none blame, with reporting allowed to be anonymous if one so desires. How is it possible to encourage reporting of events if there is blame/shame and punitive actions. In patient safety, errors are opportunities for learning and creating processes to decrease the possibilities of such errors occuring in the future to maybe someone else. Patient safety is proactive and not reactive, the program manager must be able to effectively instruct staff and find innovative ways to educate patients, in otherwords be a very good tactful communicator. Patient Safety programs are just begining to take root in civilian facilities, the facilities are just begining to understand that it is actually a program that need a fulltime employee; instead of a nurse working it as a colleteral duty, for this reason four out of ten is not a bad start. The military has had patient programs and managers in their healthcare facilities for the past decade. In 2002 I started the implementation of the first ever program at the facility where I was employed to do the job, I was on my own to make it work, and I did. I have implemented three others and are managing my fourth programs since. Patient safety is an enormous job that takes support from leadership to succeed, with true self initiative to actually discover the many ways you can actually make a difference in the lives of so many people (staff and patients).


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