Post Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, MSc Advanced Nursing Practice, DipHE Critical Care nursing
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Exploring the role of clinical nurse leaders in the development and maintenance of patient safety culutres.
This academic interest arises from my long clinical experience of caring for acutely ill adults. Particularly significant is the experience I gained as a senior nurse working to improve services for patients. In this role I spent time working with clinical managers and staff delivering care, supporting and facilitating developments to practice.
Viewing care processes from the outside gave me a clearer perspective on the nature of health services as a complex system that has significant potential to harm patients. A substantial part of my work was geared towards implementing measures to improve patient safety and the quality of care. In doing this I developed an interest in contextual issues surrounding the implementation of new initiatives or procedures that would promote the safety of patients and improve the quality of care.
What I found was prominent in the context of implementing improvement was the differences in staff attitudes and behaviours between clinical areas. Differences that became very apparent when these areas engaged with the challenge of implementing change to improve practice. At these points clinical leadership and the related perspectives, values and assumptions held by the staff of the clinical area seemed crucial to the successful improvement of care for patients. Some clinical areas were better equipped to implement improvement than others.
This is what I want to research further. The development of positive cultures for patient safety is vital to improve patient services and outcomes; and any work that might contribute to developing these environments is worthwhile
Research Supervisor/s: Simon Bishop
and Justin Waring
Department: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
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