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Nursing Program Presents Second Annual Patient Safety Conference

WHO: Nurses, healthcare administrators, nursing educators, and all advocates of patient safety

WHAT: “Collaborating for Patient Safety: The Joint Commission and You,” a distinguished lecture by Nancy Paterson, RN, MS, a surveyor in the Hospital Accreditation Program of the Joint Commission

WHERE: Notre Dame College Performing Arts Center, 4545 College Road, South Euclid, Ohio, 44121

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration is highly recommended. To register, e-mail your name, e-mail address, and phone number to: NDCPatientSafetyConference@gmail.com.

Nancy Paterson, RN, MS has been with The Joint Commission since 2005 and is trained under the accreditation manual for hospitals as a surveyor in the Hospital Accreditation Program. Her lecture, “Collaborating for Patient Safety: The Joint Commission and You,” will provide a thought-provoking perspective on patient safety that will challenge participants to rethink long-held processes, procedures, and protocols.

Participants will increase their knowledge of the basic differences between physical environment risks and practice risks within a health care setting; risk points related to medication administration; and risk points related to patient falls across the healthcare continuum.

Additionally, Paterson will identify two “retired” National Patient Safety Goals that are now in related standard chapters, describe why infection control practices need to be owned by everyone in the health care setting, identify four aspects of highly reliable organizations, and discuss important aspects of a “Culture of Safety.”

Prior to joining The Joint Commission, Paterson was director of nursing and ancillary services at Holliswood Hospital in Queens, New York. Her prior experience includes broad nursing administrative experience in a large municipal hospital, as well as significant responsibility for performance improvement and regulatory compliance. Her primary clinical experiences included psychiatric emergency room nursing at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist position at the Westchester Division of New York Cornell Medical Center.

About The Joint Commission

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information, contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or bjohnston@ndc.edu.