This first-ever co-publication from The Joint Commission and the American Nurses Association arms frontline nurses, nurse executives, and nurse managers with practical, customer-centric strategies for identifying and preventing the most common sentinel events in hospitals, ambulatory care, behavioral health care, home care, and nursing care centers.
Written for nurses working in a variety of health care settings, Front Line of Defense: The Role of Nurses in Preventing Sentinel Events, Third Edition, identifies the root causes of common sentinel events within the systems and processes of any health care environment. This book takes a deep look into what nurses really need to know and provides practical tips to help them fulfill their mission of improving health care quality and patient safety. Also featured are The Joint Commission’s standards and National Patient Safety Goals and how these relate to nurses’ daily work.
This collaborative effort features the work of The Joint Commission and that of the American Nurses Association to celebrate all nurses as advocates for patient safety.
Audience: All levels of nurses in all types of health care settings
Standards: Infection Prevention and Control (IC), Leadership (LD), Medication Management (MM), Medical Staff (MS), National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG), Nursing (NR), Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services (PC), Performance Improvement (PI), Rights and Responsibilities of the Individual (RI)
Settings: Hospitals, ambulatory care, behavioral health care, home care, and nursing care centers
"Nurses are at the bedside 24/7 and there are endless opportunities for them to lead continuous improvement and sustainment activities in the varied settings. This book helps nurses review the most current literature and provide practical strategies to identify and help prevent sentinel events...
I love this book. The chapters/topics are near and dear to my heart. It is a splendid and much-needed update."
-- Debra DellaRatta, MSN, CPHQ (James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital) Doody's Review
This book is written for nurses at all stages of their careers: novices, experts, leaders, staff nurses, educators, etc. It specifically notes that nurses are not solely responsible for safety events and are part of the larger, multidisciplinary healthcare team. The author is an MSN prepared RN who is working to complete a post master's Family Nurse Practitioner certificate.