Author: Louise A. Fura, MSN, CRNP
Title: Assistant Professor of Nursing
Institution: Alvernia University
Coauthors: Cynthia Rothenberger, MSN, RN, ACNS, BC
– Explore impact of national patient safety standards on an acute care unit.
– Utilize national patient safety standards to evaluate patient safety in acute care.
– Value application of national patient safety standards in an acute care environment.
This learning activity has been used early in the semester of the first acute care clinical experience.
• Distribute and review current National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) Worksheet with clinical instructors during orientation of the first clinical course.
• Encourage clinical instructors to review the NPSG Clinical Worksheet with students during orientation to the acute care facility and during pre-conference on the designated clinical day.
• Direct students to monitor and evaluate safety practices in the clinical setting.
• Instruct students to document observations and recommendations on NPSG Clinical Worksheet and direct activity questions and safety concerns to the clinical instructor.
• Instruct each student to develop a plan of care during the clinical day based on analysis of observations.
• Discuss observations, recommendations, and plan of care with clinical group during post-conference.
The critical thinking activity engaged students in application of patient safety principles in the acute care clinical setting. Students completed a brief evaluation of the learning activity (included on the attached document). Informal student feedback indicated the learning activity was helpful in applying patient safety standards and care plan development using the nursing process. Faculty implementing the strategy supported the use of the learning activity to facilitate application of patient safety concepts, care plan development, and critical thinking in the clinical setting. The worksheet can be updated easily to reflect changes in the NPSG. In addition, the learning activity can be modified for usage in a variety of practice settings.