Within the health care system, patient safety outcomes have been criticized for many years. Medical malpractice, common errors, and nosocomial infections (i.e., hospital-acquired infections) are safety concerns, and represent a public health problem. Since the Institute of Medicine (1999) published To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System in 1999, changes have been made to improve the use of technology and leverage advancements in research that improve patient safety. Nurse leaders can also help to facilitate process improvements in the patient safety culture. The purpose of this capstone project was to explore the nursing leader role in improving patient safety in a hospital setting. The method utilized for this study was a literature review. Prominent articles identifying the role of nursing leadership were included. Seven drivers of patient safety were identified (Sammer, Lyken, Singh, Mains, & Lackan (2011), and subsequently informed this project. The targeted populations were patients, families, nurses, nurse administrators, and medical personnel. Findings regarding the nurse leader role, patient improvements, and barriers to improvements were reviewed. Nurse leaders were found to be of critical importance to patients, medical personnel, and the health care system. The limitations of this review and implications for policy and practice are discussed.
|Advisor:||Hart, Dana B., Curnow, Thomas C.|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher Education Administration, Nursing, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Nurse leader, Patient safety, Safety culture|
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