science of safetyWhat if the answer to patient safety doesn’t just rest in the hands of the doctor or nurse, but can be found through a clinician-patient partnership? Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN, says it’s in the combination of science and collaboration that we will find solutions to the safety issue affecting so many hospitals and healthcare institutions. A new MOOC, offered by the School of Nursing (JHSON), is a great place for health professionals, students, lifelong learners, and even patients, to begin learning the foundational knowledge needed to ensure safe and quality care.

With content adapted from the five-day Patient Safety Certificate Program, “The Science of Safety in Healthcare” will provide five weeks of discussion on the culture and science of safety with new areas covering improving care transitions, engagement of families in patient care, event reporting, the business case for patient safety, and what everyone, not just health professionals, can do to improve healthcare safety. Patient safety expert Albert Wu, of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, will join Dennison Himmelfarb and Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, as instructors.

“Patient safety is such a serious global health issue, it cannot be ignored,” says Dennison Himmelfarb. Through this course, we will identify solutions and provide examples of effective data-driven change efforts.”  

Also new with this course is the option for Signature Track Enrollment. At the cost of $39, participants will receive a “verified certificate” upon course completion that can be tied to your LinkedIn account and presented to educational institutions and employers. If enrolled in Signature Track, participants can also sign up to receive Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits. With signature track and CNE credits as additional options, the MOOC will still be free of cost to anyone who wants to take part in the course for a basic certificate of completion.

“This course is really for health professionals and consumers alike. It’s the partnership between the two that will lead to dramatic improvements in patient safety,” says Dennison Himmelfarb.

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