IMPORTANT!! Please check the Board Approval Information below to ensure the course is approved by your professional board and will provide the CE credits you need.
This course was created to inform licensed health practitioners of this growing epidemic and to foster improved patient safety. It meets the criteria of the Florida Statute 456.013 that mandates a two-hour course on prevention of medical errors as part of the total hours of continuing education required for licensure renewal for the state of Florida, and provides contact hours to participants in other states, as well.
Purpose and Objectives
At the completion of the course the participant will be able to:
- Identify the factors that impact the occurrence of medical errors, and reflect on the presence of any of these factors in your place of employment.
- Consider contraindications and indications for management of errors, recognizing error-prone situations that have been commonly described, and seek to make those situations safer in your own working environment.
- Specifically identify pharmacological components of error-prone patient situations respective to your discipline, in the over-all management of patient safety.
- Explore processes you and others might use to improve patient outcomes, including aspects of medical documentation and communication, and structured problem solving techniques.
- Become aware of your responsibilities for reporting medical errors and the surrounding controversies.
- Consider the safety needs of special populations.
- Cite needs for public education and empowerment.
About the Author
Linda S. Greenfield, RN, PhD
Linda is the educational administrator, author and instructor for Consultants for the Future. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and Columbia Pacific University and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities as a doctorial student. She has taught hundreds of seminars and authored home study courses for over thirty five years in healthcare continuing education.
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Her clinical experiences include acute and long term care, including experience as a flight nurse in the US Air Force and as an educator in a college based nursing program. Linda has a passion for life-long learning and is always on the breaking edge of the latest information in health and healing, integrating both conventional and alternative approaches. She has a knack for breaking down complex topics into easy to understand concepts with practical applications for everyday needs. Linda has been honored as a keynote speaker at several conferences and conventions, including the Spring 2005 conference of the Iowa Department of Health where she spoke about energy healing.
About the Author
Renée A. Neville, MBA, CMBB
Renée has brought a unique approach to root cause analysis in the Prevention of Medical Errors course. She has an Engineering degree from Purdue University and a Masters degree in Business from Indiana University. Renée is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has been working in the field of Continuous Improvement since 1996.
She has taught root cause analysis, statistics and lean methodologies to various industries all over the world including South America, North America, Europe and Asia. She is frequently called upon to solve complex problems. Her methodology is exactly what is needed in the health care industry.
Board Approval Information
Consultants for the Future has been approved by the Florida Boards of Nursing, Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, Massage Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Acupuncture, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology, and Nursing Home Administrators Provider No. 50-435. It is approved through complementary board by the Florida Board of Midwifery, Dietetics and Nutrition, and Electrolysis. This course is accepted by the Florida Physical Therapy Association. It is approved by the Iowa Boards of Nursing, Provider No. 61, Behavioral Science Examiners for Mental Health Counselors and Marital & Family Therapists, Sponsor No. 1-05, and Social Work Examiners, Sponsor No. 334. It is approved by the California Board of Nursing, Provider No. 04422; the Georgia Board of Nursing; the District of Columbia Board of Nursing; the Alabama Board of Occupational Therapy; and the Ohio Board of Speech Therapy. The course meets the requirements of the Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, and Kentucky, Alabama Boards of Nursing, and other states by reciprocity.