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KU Continuing Nursing Education schedules patient safety program

Sep 20, 2011

Do the following quotations from the research of Eugene C. Nelson, Paul B. Batalden and others on high-performing microsystems sound like your current place of employment?

“Together, the team works. When you take any part away, things fall apart. It's really the team that makes this a great place to work.”

“We decided as a team that out patients needed flu vaccinations, so we all volunteered on a Saturday, opened the practice and had several hundred patients come through. We ended up doing quite a bit more than flu shots including lab work, diabetic foot checks and basic check-ups.”

If these statements are representative of your place of employment, your organization may already be a high performing microsystem. If not, then consider attending the upcoming continuing education program offered by the University of Kansas School of Nursing.

TeamSTEPPS™ Fundamentals – Thursday, October 20, 2011 and
Jack Reardon Convention Center, Kansas City, Kansas

TeamSTEPPS™ Fundamentals on October 20, 2011, is a one day program for any health care professional who wants to learn team skills. Full program information and registration is available at To promote successful implementation of this evidence-based approach, we strongly encourage sending several people from a microsystem/work group. To support this approach, discounted group rates are available. See or contact Mary Gambino at (913) 588-1695 or for additional information.

In the late 1990s, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published the alarming findings that there are approximately 100,000 avoidable hospital deaths each year. In subsequent publications, the IOM endorsed five new competencies for all health care professionals: (1) provide patient-centered care, (2) work in interdisciplinary teams, (3) employ evidence-based practice, (4) apply quality improvement and (5) utilize informatics.

To address interdisciplinary team competency, the IOM commissioned the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop an evidence-based team training program – TeamSTEPPS™. This training program, released in 2006, is spreading rapidly in the East, and regionally is used by Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Ne. For more information about TeamSTEPPS™, go to

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