Notre Dame College Nursing Hosts Patient Safety Conference

WHO: Notre Dame College Division of Nursing Presents Chrissie Blackburn, a recognized advocate for patient and family engagement in healthcare

WHAT: Fifth Annual Patient Safety Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, from 4-6 p.m.

WHERE: Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road, South Euclid OH (enter off South Green Road between Mayfield and Cedar), Administration Building - Performing Arts Center

WHY: In health care today, hospitals and health care centers are initiating “zero harm” campaigns to ensure safe practices for the patients entrusted to their care. With the expected increase in the number of patients that will need care in the future, it is crucial that students take an active role, not only in practicing current policies and recommendations, but by also helping to create new ideas and standards of safe practice that would be beneficial in the care of their future patients.

The Notre Dame College nursing division welcomes ChrissieBlackburn, a recognized advocate for patient and family engagement in healthcare.  As the parent to a medically fragile child, she currently serves as president of the Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital (RB&C) Family Advisory Council and serves on RB&C’s quality board Committee. She also serves as one of the parent voices on behalf of the pediatric population in CMS’ Partnership for Patients Campaign's Patient and Family Engagement Network (PFE Network) and co-leads their Best Emerging Practices and Success Stories affinity group. 

In addition, she is a member of the steering committee for Service Excellence of Patient Experience for the University Hospital’s system and University Hospital’s Case Medical Center. Ms. Blackburn participates on The Ohio Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety's Family Engagement Team, and has been invited to sit on Ohio's Quality Improvement Organization's (KePRO) Hospital Acquired Infection Learning and Action Network; she is also serving on the Children’s Hospital Association’s Speak Now for Kids Advisory Board to increase communication of parents with medically fragile children and US congressmen and women and the importance of Medicaid.

Ms. Blackburn has encouraged dialogue among medical and nursing staff, students and health care leaders teaching patient and family engagement and how it can improve outcomes. She has also developed a communication program for hospitals to increase and enhance patient and family engagement at the bedside with caregivers. She is passionate about patient and family engagement and recognizes it was her ability to communicate with her daughter’s care teams that played a critical role in her daughter’s quality of life. It is her goal to teach others how to be successful and engage in the health care system with their caregivers.

Blackburn deals with real-world demands for practicing safe care and is a great resource for student nurses and new graduate nurses alike. Only by being proactive, involved members of the nursing community can today’s nurses assure future patients that they will have competent, safety-oriented advocates, who truly care about their safety.

The conference is open to the public. For additional information, contact Monica BruckNursing Division Administrative Assistant at 216-373-5183 or mbruck@ndc.edu.



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