Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses
Ann Page, Editor, Committee on the Work Environment for Nurses and Patient Safety; The Institute of Medicine
Hardcover: 350 pages
National Academy Press
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This newest edition in the groundbreaking Institute of Medicine Quality Chasm series discusses the key aspects of the work environment for nurses and reviews the potential improvements in working conditions that are likely to have an impact on patient safety.
Building on the revolutionary Institute of Medicine reports To Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm, Keeping Patients Safe lays out guidelines for improving patient safety by changing nurses’ working conditions.
Licensed nurses and unlicensed nursing assistants are critical participants in our national effort to protect patients from health care errors. The nature of the activities nurses typically perform – monitoring patients, educating home caretakers, performing treatments, and rescuing patients who are in crisis – provides an indispensable resource in detecting and remedying error-producing defects in the U.S. health care system.
During the past two decades, substantial changes have been made in the organization and delivery of health care – and consequently in the job description and work environment of nurses. As patients are increasingly cared for as outpatients, nurses in hospitals and nursing homes deal with greater severity of illness.
Problems in management practices, employee deployment, work and workspace design, and the basic safety culture of health care organizations place patients at further risk.
This book is an important resource for nurse administrators, nurse advocates, nursing managers and all those empowered to improve the working conditions for nursing staff - and wishing to draw the correlations with patient safety concerns.
The Institute of Medicine serves as adviser to the nation to improve health. As an independent, scientific adviser, the Institute of Medicine strives to provide advice that is unbiased, based on evidence, and grounded in science. The mission of the Institute of Medicine embraces the health of people everywhere. The Institute of Medicine presents its third study on how to keep patients safe from the combined effects of the complexities of the technologically driven, compartmentalized health care system and the fallibility of human health care providers, managers, and leadership within that system. Taking the perspective of nurses as the largest component of the health care workforce, it suggests how the work environment can provide optimum safety.
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