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Patient safety has always been a fundamental issue for nurse leaders. The current quest for transparency in healthcare keeps patient safety a paramount concern. Clinical quality improvement and practice-based research projects often have indicators that relate to the impact on patient safety when processes are evaluated and either designed or re-designed.

The following content from recent editions of JONA and Nursing Management highlights various safety considerations and initiatives, from designating patient safety officers to using strategic stakeholder analysis to spur change.

If you’re attending Nursing Management’s Congress in Nashville next week, don’t miss the executive networking session led by me and Nursing Management’s Editor-in-Chief Rich Hader. We’ll discuss creating accountable care organizations and how nurse leaders at all levels can ensure the highest care at the lowest cost. (Visit for more details.) 

Karen S. Hill, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, FACHE
Editor-in-Chief, JONA



Want higher reliability? Go LEAN

The Joint Commission’s president believes hospitals should implement comprehensive process improvement tools targeted at more specific analyses of patient safety needs.

Calling all baby boomers: Get your hepatitis C test

All U.S. baby boomers should get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus, according to new CDC recommendations. One in thirty 47- to 67-year-olds is infected with hepatitis C, and most don’t know it. 

RWJF’s Charting Nursing's Future

Check out several progressive policies that support new primary care delivery models.

Update: Rural healthcare pilot program

An FCC program helps providers establish broadband networks to improve care quality and reduce care costs in rural areas.


Appearing in JONA: Techniques to improve patient safety in hospitals: What nurse administrators need to know
Mary J. Fagan, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Appearing in Nursing Management: Improving outcomes with a Quality and Safety Investigator
Elizabeth Carlton, MSN, RN, CCRN; Amanda Gartner, MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC; Heidi Boehm MSN, RN-BC; Amber Styles, MS; and Jennifer Thibault MBA, MSN, RN

Bonus Content
Be sure to take advantage of these bonus articles from JONA and Nursing Management. By accessing them through your eNews link, you can read the articles free of charge.

From JONA: 
Impact of the unit-based patient safety officer
Shital Shah, PhD, Patricia Nedved, MSN, RN, Rabhea Chaudhry, MS-HSM, and Dina Pilipczuk, MBA

From Nursing Management: Affordable Care Act…Ready, set, go!
Richard Hader, PhD, NE-BC, RN, CHE, CPHQ, FAAN

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