Patient Safety Through Nurse Workplace Transformation
Princeton, NJ — A decade ago, a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) offered the startling conclusion that, “The typical work environment of nurses is characterized by many serious threats to patient safety.” The IOM offered a series of specific recommendations about how hospitals and other institutions needed to change to reduce the number of health care errors—recommendations that together constituted a fundamental transformation of nurses’ work environment. Ten years later, a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) examines progress toward those goals.
The IOM report, Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses, found that hospitals and other health care organizations did a poor job of managing the high-risk nature of the health care enterprise. Accidents were too common, and the management practices in the industry did little to create a culture of safety.
The new brief from RWJF, Ten Years After Keeping Patients Safe: Have Nurses’ Work Environments Been Transformed?, details a series of programs designed by and for nurses that have “spurred the creation of work environments that foster health care quality and patient safety.” Continue>
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