A Brief Note On Patient Safety And Quality Of Care

1719 Words Dec 5th, 2014 7 Pages
Falls in the Psychiatric Unit
In nursing, “patient safety and quality of care are two of the main cornerstones of nursing practice” (Hunt, 2012). It is the nurse’s responsibility to make every effort to provide a safe environment and care for patients without making errors. In an effort to keep patients’ safety intact, “The Joint Commission and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed standards for healthcare organizations to employ in an effort to reduce the number of errors” (Hunt, 2012). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation developed a project in 2005, which would eventually become the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies (Hunt, 2012). The QSEN competencies were developed to ensure quality patient centered care. They are: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics (QSEN Institute, 2014). These competencies have been implemented in an attempt to decrease sentinel events. However, sentinel events continue to occur, especially when nurses become careless (Hutchinson et al., 2009, p. 2).
In order to fully understand the QSEN competencies, one must consider a scenario and analyze it. The following clinical scenario will be analyzed and will incorporate the six QSEN competencies: P. C. is a 66 year-old-female diagnosed with dementia 3 years ago and was living in an Assistant Living Facility (ALF) nearby. The patient was brought to the emergency room department (ER)…
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