Reporting to the Director of Patient Safety, the Patient Safety Specialist participates in the promotion of a safety-supportive culture and consistent application of practice-based medicine and the implementation of the UCSF Patient Safety Plan. Actively identifies and anticipates patient safety opportunities, and determines risk for exposure of harm/potential harm. Coordinates, investigates, analyzes, and responds to quality/patient safety issues, events, and significant care issues or trends. Conducts surveillance, analysis, and data reporting for patient safety, while complying with regulatory/accreditation requirements.
Serves as a subject matter expert on internal and external patient safety matters. Collaborates with UCSF Health leadership and operational partners, Adult and BCH Medical Directors for Quality and Safety, risk management, incident reporting content managers, and other groups as appropriate and supports/ oversees Patient Safety Committee efforts. Supports educational programs in patient safety, implements organization and regulatory safety initiatives using performance improvement and quality tools. Helps to spread “lessons learned” from adverse events, as well as successful initiatives, to other units and departments in order to avoid future exposure of harm, fosters a clinical environment of service excellence.
Coordinates various efforts to improve patient safety throughout the organization by identifying problem areas, assessment and escalation to leadership, oversight of projects related to compliance with the Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals and other regulatory agencies
Supports the Patient Safety leadership team by participating and facilitating Root Cause Analysis, FMEA, Culture of Patient Safety Survey, and other prospective and retrospective event review activities.
Maintains close collaborative relationships with nursing and physician leadership teams in the development, implementation and monitoring of corrective action plans to assure timely and efficient review and follow up on patient safety events.
Monitors data on patient safety related issues to interpret trends and to measure and assess the health of the patient safety program.
The Department of Quality & Safety consists of Adult Quality & Safety, Benioff Children’s Hospitals (BCH) Quality & Safety, Hospital Epidemiology & Infection Prevention, Analytics & Clinical Effectiveness and Clinical Documentation Integrity. The teams are made of multidisciplinary professionals with diverse backgrounds. The role of the Department is the support UCSF Health to deliver safe, equitable and high quality care to the communities we serve. Patient Safety is a division within the Quality and Patient Safety Department. The focus of the Patient Safety division is preventing, mitigating, or reducing harm from medical errors and system defects. Activities include risk surveillance and analysis of potential or actual medical errors and hazardous conditions, and process improvement to prevent future adverse events.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a healthcare related profession including nursing, public health, healthcare administration, or other relevant field
Current CA Registered Nurse (RN) License
Three (3) years of experience
Strong skills in data analysis, project management, facilitating group work, and working in a hospital environment with systems improvement.
Thorough knowledge of clinical improvement issues and patient safety methodologies, tools,
regulatory requirements, and policies.
Strong project management skills and the ability to effectively manage time, organize
competing priorities, address complex issues as they arise, and see projects through to
completion on schedule.
Strong interpersonal skills for collaborating effectively with a broad range of clinical and
technical staff, representatives of external regulatory agencies, and mentoring staff.
Proven ability to effectively convey complex clinical, technical, and educational information both
verbally and in writing, and to produce high-quality reports, documentation, and presentations.
Strong knowledge of various clinical and business software packages and of the specialized
applications and data management programs used in patient safety and quality improvement
Experience with a variety of methods and skills for adverse event monitoring and remediation
including root cause analysis, and failure mode effect analysis
Master’s degree or equivalent in a healthcare related profession including nursing, public health, healthcare administration, or other relevant field.
Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS)
Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)
Experience with electronic health records, including CPOE, decision support, and clinical documentation
Experience in a large multi facility health system/ academic institution preferred.
Current CA Registered Nurse (RN) License
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