The Professional Nursing Association's Role in Patient Safety

Patricia A. Rowell, PhD, RN

 

Overview:

1. Describe the Professional Nursing Association's functions in protecting patient safety.
2. Discuss the role of the NDNQI and its impact on quality and safety of patient care.
3. Explain the role professional nursing organizations have i

Purpose/Goal: To describe the documents, activities and roles of nursing's multipurpose, professional nursing association- the American Nurses Association, that promote the safety of the recipient of nursing care. These roles include developing and disseminating foundation documents, lobbying for legislation and regulations that protect and serve users of nursing services, and advocating for patients and issues that affect a nurse's ability to deliver safe care. The challenge to the professional association is to balance the needs and interests of the association, the profession, nurses and the public, so as to promote the safety of patients receiving care.


Objectives:

1. Describe the Professional Nursing Association's functions in protecting patient safety.
2. Discuss the role of the NDNQI and its impact on quality and safety of patient care.
3. Explain the role professional nursing organizations have in protecting nurses who are advocating for quality and patient safety.


Author:

Patricia Rowell, PhD, RN, is retired after many years of a health policy and clinical work. Her educational background includes BS (science), BSN, MSN (pediatric nursing) with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) certification, a post-Masters certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing and a PhD (health services administration and research). Her doctoral study and research were in the areas of quality measurement and improvement. Dr. Rowell's varied clinical background includes work in the emergency room, in-patient psychiatry, public and home (maternal-child) health, and ambulatory (PNP) and inpatient pediatrics. She has also worked as a health services researcher and has numerous publications and presentations on health care and nursing, including mental health nursing.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.


Contact Hours: 1.66

Expiration Date: 12/1/2012

 

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