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Title: Patient safety content and delivery in pre-registration nursing curricula: A national cross-sectional survey study
Contributor(s): Usher, Kim  (author)orcid ; Woods, Cindy  (author)orcid ; Conway, Jane  (author); Lea, Jacqueline  (author)orcid ; Parker, Vicki T  (author)orcid ; Barrett, Fiona  (author); O'Shea, Eilish  (author)orcid ; Jackson, Debra  (author)
Publication Date: 2018
DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2018.04.013
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Abstract: Background: Patient safety is a core principle of health professional practice and as such requires significant attention within undergraduate curricula. However, patient safety practice is complex requiring a broad range of skills and behaviours including the application of sound clinical knowledge within a range of health care contexts and cultures. There is very little research that explores how this is taught within Australian nursing curricula. Objectives: To examine how Australian nursing curricula address patient safety; identify where and how patient safety learning occurs; and describe who is responsible for facilitating this learning. Design: A cross-sectional study. Setting: Eighteen universities across seven Australian States and Territories. Participants: The sample consisted of 18 nursing course coordinators or those responsible for the inclusion of patient safety content within a Bachelor of Nursing course at Australian universities. Methods: An online survey was conducted to evaluate the patient safety content included and teaching methods used in Australian pre-registration nursing curricula. Results: Approaches to teaching patient safety vary considerably between universities where patient safety tended to be integrated within undergraduate nursing course subjects rather than explicitly taught in separate, stand-alone subjects. Three-quarters of the surveyed staff believed patient safety was currently being adequately covered in their undergraduate nursing curricula. Conclusion: Although there is consensus in relation to the importance of patient safety across universities, and similarity in views about what knowledge, skills and attitudes should be taught, there were differences in: the amount of time allocated, who was responsible for the teaching and learning, and in which setting the learning occurred and was assessed. There was little indication of the existence of a systematic approach to learning patient safety, with most participants reporting emphasis on learning applied to infection control and medication safety.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Nurse Education Today, v.66, p. 82-89
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1532-2793
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420505 Nursing workforce
390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200206 Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs)
200411 Overweight and obesity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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