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Quality & Safety / Healthcare Organizational Leadership

Patient Trust, Confidence Built on Interprofessional Innovation

Medical errors and preventable patient infections and injuries together make up the third-leading cause of death in the United States, a startling statistic.

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing understands that an increasing focus on patient safety and quality of care depends upon a healthcare workforce that knows the risks and the proper responses from patients’ arrival to their safe discharge.

The Helene Fuld Leadership Program for the Advancement of Patient Safety and Quality (The Fuld Fellows Program) emphasizes interprofessional education and training, simulation, and service-learning experiences involving nurses, medical students, pharmacists, and other health professionals whose collaboration is critical for reducing preventable harm to patients.

Nurses, as the primary contact with patients, play a key role in their safety. Hopkins Nursing, as part of an interprofessional team that includes the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety & Quality and the Johns Hopkins Health Systems, works to prepare nurses ready to communicate, cooperate, innovate, and lead on issues of patient safety and quality of care. 

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At the School of Nursing, quality and safety in healthcare delivery are at the heart of curriculum development starting with our pre-licensure options to advanced degree specialties to professional offerings.

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Professional Programs

Student Organization

  • Doctor-Nurse Alliance (DNA)
    Throughout Johns Hopkins' interprofessional initiatives, there is a strong student voice and presence. Students from the Schools of Nursing, Public Health and Medicine are taught the importance of interdisciplinary teams in relation to patient safety and are included at the table during curriculum development as advisors. The group was developed in recognition of the Daniels Initiative's success.  They provide health outreach services to the Latino community in East Baltimore in conjunction with the Hispanic Apolstolate, Provision, and Baltimore Medical Systems. Projects include screening for Tuberculosis (TB), prenatal charlas, and teaching English as a second language classes.
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Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

The Armstrong Institute's goal is to eliminate preventable harm to patients and to achieve the best patient outcomes at the lowest cost possible. In addition, the Institute aspires and to share its knowledge of preventable care worldwide. Created with a $10 million gift from C. Michael Armstrong, former chairman of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees, the institute also provides an infrastructure that, for the first time, oversees, coordinates and supports patient safety and quality efforts across Johns Hopkins' integrated health care system.

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Putting Safety First

Helene Fuld Leadership Program for the Advancement of Patient Safety & Quality

The Helene Fuld Leadership Program for the Advancement of Patient Safety and Quality is designed to prepare a select group of nursing undergraduates for future leadership at the bedside and in other care settings, who have exceptional competencies for promoting quality and safety, particularly among older patients. This program provides academic and financial support for students who have a special interest in developing quality and safety skills beyond those ensured by the current curriculum. Learn More

Interprofessional Collaborative at Johns Hopkins

Interprofessional education (IPE) is an approach to teaching, learning, and practice where healthcare students and practitioners from two or more professions learn and train together to develop effective teamwork and communication skills that improve the way they deliver care. Three target areas for IPE are: students/graduate trainees, nursing and medicine faculty, and working clinicians. Learn More

Administration—Forging centralized nursing structures and integrating services throughout medical campuses and community hospitals. Deb Baker, alumna and senior vice president for nursing for the Johns Hopkins Health System, is unifying best practices across the health system and developing nurse leaders.

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