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  1. Schnall, Rebecca PhD, RN
  2. Cook, Sarah DNP, RN-CS
  3. John, Rita Marie DNP, EdD, PNP
  4. Larson, Elaine PhD, RN, FAAN, CIC
  5. Stone, Patricia W. PhD, RN, FAAN
  6. Sullivan, Caroline MS, ANP
  7. Bakken, Suzanne DNSc, RN, FAAN


The purpose of this project was to identify and characterize patient safety issues across advanced practice nursing (APN) care settings including ambulatory care visits. A total of 162 registered nurses enrolled in an APN education program completed an online survey. Respondents reported patient safety issues related to diagnosis or management and treatment in almost half of 489 encounters. The most common issues were clinician communication problems with patients, which occurred during 42.4% of encounters. Adoption of information technology may be a pathway for improving patient safety issues in APN practice settings.