Examines quality improvement and safety initiatives focused on measuring and improving patient outcomes and the interprofessional collaboration and communication skills needed to effectively communicate with patients, families and other health professionals in a responsible and responsive manner that supports a team approach to quality healthcare. Topics include the factors that create a culture of safety and the nursing context for improving the processes of care and outcomes.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- NUR 301: Baccalaureate Nursing Role
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon completion of this course, the student will have gained knowledge about:
- Apply the National Patient Safety Goals to nursing practice in various healthcare settings.
- Identify human factors and basic safety design principles that affect patient safety.
- Analyze the essential elements necessary to sustain High Reliable Organizations (HRO).
- Describe processes used to determine causes of error and the allocation of responsibility and accountability.
- Analyze healthcare system/work unit safety initiatives for their role in establishing safety related benchmarks.
- Delineate the complexity and sensitivity essential for the appropriate clinical management of medical errors and adverse events.
- Describe the effective use of technology and standardized practices that support a safe culture.
- Apply the elements of root cause analysis to a clinical scenario.
- Analyze the role of professional nursing accountability and action in the provision of quality healthcare and patient safety.
- Analyze the role of the nurse in the assurance of safe and quality outcomes of care for diverse populations.
- Identify the domains of interprofessional competencies and the connection to safe patient care.
- Analyze the importance of interprofessional collaboration among members of the healthcare team to risk management/reduction of error.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Institute of Healthcare Improvement Courses
Root Cause Analysis Paper (Week 3)
Interprofessional Teamwork Paper
Interprofessional Teamwork PowerPoint
- There are no required textbooks to purchase for this course. The course materials will be provided in the course.
- It is recommended that students utilize Charter Oak’s library for information/research purposes.
Readings and Exercises
Topics: National Patient Safety Goals & Human Factors
Topic: High Reliability Organizations
Topics: Benchmarks and Established Safety Initiatives
Topics: Complexity and Sensitivity of Clincial Management: Medical Errors and Adverse Events
Topics: Improving the Quality of Nursing Care in Diverse Populations
Topics: The Nurse's Role in Communication and Patient Safety
Topics: Interprofessional Teamwork and Patient Safety
Topics: Technology and Patient Safety
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.