Director of Patient Safety
Southeastern, LA area

Currently seeking a talented and dedicated Director of Patient Safety for a great opportunity in the Southeastern, LA area. The ideal candidate will possess 5+ years of current experience working in an acute care hospital and have 3+ years of experience working in a Patient Safety Hospital, Ambulatory Surgery Center in a leadership role.

Responsibilities of the Director of Patient Safety

  • Prevent future harm by initiating and overseeing proactive evaluation and redesign of systems to improve care processes (e.g. forcing functions, checklists, error causation thinking, human factors, applied informatics, culture).
  • Support improved outcomes by emphasizing both appropriate behaviors and robust systems that include concise accountability measures and follow-up.
  • Improve consistent delivery of evidence-based care and reduction in preventable harm by focusing on reliability and applying the principles of reliable design.
  • Reduce variation in care delivery. Partner with the Patient Safety Organization to explore identified variations when appropriate.
  • Utilize alerts and best practices (e.g. Sentinel Event Alerts) to perform gap assessments and implement strong actions that will alleviate identified gaps.
  • Identification and Mitigation of Patient Safety Risk Expectations:
  • Effectively report, investigate, and analyze patient safety incidents, medical errors, and potential risks in the facility.
  • Perform Patient Safety Rounds that identify patient safety risks. Empower staff to identify and participate in the resolution of patient safety concerns.
  • Actively participate in PSO learning collaboratives. Ensure implementation of best practices, alerts, and updates to drive patient safety improvement.
  • Champion completion of Culture of Safety Survey.
  • Facilitate analysis of the culture of safety survey results such that data-driven action plans lead to targeted outcomes.
  • Facilitate thorough and credible reviews of events that address both system and individual accountability.
  • Include patient safety in new hire orientation presentation (e.g. PSO membership, reporting expectations, safety culture)
  • Provide ongoing education to leaders, clinicians, and staff on the science of safety (high reliability, effective communication, sustaining awareness/alertness) and patient safety initiatives.
  • Work with facility leaders and managers to ensure thorough, credible, and timely event management.
  • Partner with facility leadership to establish activities that enable and sustain an open and fair environment promoting learning, safe systems, and appropriately managing behavioral choices related to patient safety (e.g. Patient Safety Rounds, Event Response, Disclosure).
  • Partner with Quality to complete the NQF Safe Practices section of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.
  • Engage patients/families when appropriate in the patient safety program.
  • Seek input from patients/families involved in harm or close call events as appropriate.
  • Provide analysis and identifying trends from reports (e.g. PSIP data, SHARP report, Service Line Dashboards) to track the progress of improvement strategies. Spread and sustain improvement.
  • Work with defense legal counsel to coordinate the investigation, processing, and defense of claims against the facility; records, collects, documents, maintains and provides to defense attorneys any requested information and documents necessary to manage facility claims while maintaining the privilege of PSWP

Requirements of the Director of Patient Safety

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing or health-related science field
  • Master’s degree in health-related field preferred
  • Does not have to be an RN
  • Louisiana State RN license or compact license is accepted ( IF an RN)
  • Certification in Patient Safety (CPPS) required; If not already CPPS, must obtain certification within 12 months of hire
  • Team STEPPS Master Trainer. If not already a Master Trainer must obtain with 12 months of hire
  • 2-3 years healthcare experience in patient safety, risk, and/or quality preferred
  • Healthcare experience should be recent and within a clinical setting such as Hospital, Ambulatory Surgery Center, etc.
  • MUST have leadership experience
  • MUST have Healthcare care experience
  • Clinical background required
New Orleans
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