Patient Safety / Quality

January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: Dawn Wicker, PT III as told to Janet Boivin, BSN, RN

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of recurring case studies describing success stories in preventing falls and injuries from falls. The series is brought to you by Posey. Watch for the next case study in the March issue of American Nurse Today.
In 2012, Yale New Haven . . .

September 2016 Vol. 11 No. 9

Editor’s note: This is the second of three case studies describing success stories in preventing falls and injuries from falls. The series is brought to you by Posey. Watch for the next case study in the November issue of American Nurse Today.
When hospital patients fall and suffer an . . .

July 2016 Vol. 11 No. 7

Author: Kathleen Fowler, MSN, RN, CMSRN as told to Janet Boivin, BSN, RN

This is the first in a series of three case studies illustrating success stories in preventing falls and injuries from falls. The series is brought to you by Posey. Watch for the next case study in the September issue of American Nurse Today.
Successful fall prevention programs use multimodal interventions . . .

May 2016 Vol. 11 No. 5

Author: Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES, and Jaime M. Dawson, MPH

Hazards associated with manual patient handling continue to compromise the health and safety of nurses. Among nurses who responded to the American Nurses Association’s (ANA’s) Health Risk Appraisal:
• 42% believe they are at risk at work from lifting or repositioning patients
• 13% have had a debilitating musculoskeletal injury . . .

May 2016 Vol. 11 No. 5

Author: Roric P. Hawkins, MBA, BSN, RN

For too many years, musculoskeletal injuries from moving patients have been common among practicing nurses. It’s time to put all of our energy— both from an individual and organizational perspective—into prevention. Here are five strategies you can use to prevent injuries from manual patient lifting and moving.

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May 2016 Vol. 11 No. 5

Author: Guy Fragala, PhD, PE, CSP, CSPHP; Teresa Boynton, MS, OTR, CSPHP; Marlyn T. Conti, BSN, RN, MM, CPHQ; Lee Cyr, CPCU, ARM; Lynda Enos, BSN, MS, RN, COHN-S, CPE; Devon Kelly, MS, OTR/L; Nancy McGann, PT, CSPHP; Kathleen Mullen, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSPHA; Susan Salsbury, BS, OTR/L, CDMS; and Kathleen Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN

For more than 40 years, nurses have had the highest jobrelated injury rates of all healthcare personnel. In a 2011 survey conducted by the American Nurses Association:
• 62% of nurses expressed concerns about experiencing a disabling musculoskeletal injury
• 56% reported musculoskeletal pain caused or exacerbated by their work
• 42% reported . . .

January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Author: Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN; Kimberly A. Weiss, MSN, FNP-BC; and Ingrid Herrera-Capoziello, MSN, RN, ANP NURSING

The transition from novice to expert nurse has been an important topic in nursing circles for more than 30 years, since Patricia Benner adapted the Dreyfus model of skills acquisition to the nursing profession. The model still serves as an excellent conceptual framework for the professional development of new nurses . . .

January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Author: Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH, and Ginger B. Parker, MBA

Editor’s note: This article is the last in a three-part series brought to you in partnership with the International Safety Center. The earlier articles (“Preventing needlestick and sharps injuries” and “Preventing blood and body fluid splashes and splatters”) are available at and . . .

December 2015 Vol. 10 No. 12

Author: Susan Brown, MSN, RN, and Priscilla Sterne, DNP, RN

Nurses who work in hospitals are challenged to identify patients at risk for falling and implement initiatives to keep them safe. Activities such as performing a fall risk assessment, lowering the bed, conducting a medication review, using bed and chair alarms, and providing visual identifiers have been only partially successful . . .

December 2015 Vol. 10 No. 12

Author: Wendall M. Wilson, BSN, RN, CCRN, PCCN, BC, VHA-CM

Getting important information out to all staff within a hospital can be challenging. That’s what we faced at Overton Brooks Veterans Administration Medical Center (OBVAMC) in Shreveport, Louisiana, as we strived to improve patient safety using The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs). Through our efforts to continuously . . .

November 2015 Vol. 10 No. 11

Author: Cass Piper Sandoval, MS, RN, CCNS, CCRN

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) remain a significant problem for most hospitals, despite a decade of focused improvement efforts using evidence-based guidelines. One type of HAI, central-line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), carries a mortality of 12% to 25%. CLABSIs also can be costly for hospitals, extending patient stays. The . . .

October 2015 Vol. 10 No. 10

Author: Sherry Evans, MSN, RN

In the midst of unprecedented change in health care, hospitals and emergency departments (EDs) are attempting the impossible — increase both patient volume and satisfaction without increasing the budget.

My hospital is a busy 329-bed, county-owned facility in southern Indiana. The level-two trauma ED houses 28 beds and . . .

September 2015 Vol. 10 No. 9

Author: Amy L. Marinski, MSN, RN, CNL, CIC, and Holly Taggart, BSN, RN, CIC

Over the past decade, one family of multidrug-resistant organisms, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), has become increasingly resistant to lifesaving antibiotics. While CRE infection poses little threat to healthy persons, it can be deadly for at-risk patients and people requiring healthcare services.

First reported in the United States in . . .