This blog post series is based on a recent Webinar with HealthStream’s Joseph Caracci, AVP, Clinical Assessments.
Caracci is an RN and has been a thought leader in healthcare for the last 20 years. His extensive clinical, business, and IT experience has made him a well-respected expert and an innovator in helping healthcare organizations provide safe and effective care to patients. In this part of the webinar, Caracci focuses on strategies that nurse educators can adopt to prevent medical errors.
Strategies for Nurse Educators
As seen in Part 1 of this blog series, the list of contributing factors and stakeholders in the drive toward improved patient safety are both impressively long. Caracci believes that nurse educators can have perhaps the biggest role in the drive toward improvement.
Assessment: The Starting Point
Caracci singles out the four factors that can be most directly impacted by nurses and nurse educators: (1) Poor staff-to-patient communication, (2) Poor staff-to-staff communication, (3) Lack of appropriate education and training, and (4) The need for rapid decision-making.
With these four contributing factors in mind, Caracci recommends that nurse educators begin with assessments to identify gaps between best practice and actual practice. They should:
HealthStream’s 360° Competency Assessment can measure each of these domains and provide the feedback needed for appropriate and effective corrective action. The knowledge exams and self-assessments include 10 unique specialty-based assessments and over 100 real-life scenarios that help evaluate key skills in high risk or high volume scenarios. The output is an individualized report that helps nursing leadership develop the kinds of action plans that will help nurses make meaningful improvements in these four domains.
Closing the Gaps Between Knowledge and Practice
Caracci recommends that these assessments be reliable and include measurement of the following elements to ensure that all gaps are effectively identified and corrected.
To learn more about the main causes of medical errors and the key stakeholders in their prevention, read Part 1 of this blog, posted earlier.
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