Preventing Medical Errors and Promoting Patient Safety (Florida Board of Nursing)

This course meets the continuing education requirement for preventing medical errors for nursing.  This education introduces the safety concerns facing health care systems today, including data and background on the magnitude of the problem, error reduction and prevention, and root cause analysis.

A score of 80% or higher is required for course completion.

Target Audience

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Registered Nurses (RN), and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN).

This course is only approved to meet Florida Board of Nursing requirements.

Learning Objectives

  • Determine the magnitude of medical errors and the effect on patient safety.
  • Recognize error prone situations/processes and the factors that impact them.
  • Identify processes that help reduce and prevent common medical errors.
  • Summarize the benefit of multi-causal analysis (root causes).
Additional information
  • Corboy, J., & Colgan, J. (2019). Recognizing Bias, Reducing Error: A Case-Based Study for Improvement in the Emergency Department. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 20(1), 48.
  • Kim, Y.-S., Kim, H.S., Kim, H.A., Chun, J., Kwak, M.J., Kim, M.-S., Hwang, J.-I., & Kim, H. (2020). Can patient and family education prevent medical errors? A descriptive study. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1), 1-7.
  • Studies from Division of Critical Care Reveal New Findings on Health and Medicine (Simulation-Based Event Analysis Improves Error Discovery and Generates Improved Strategies for Error Prevention). (2019). Health & Medicine Week, 6726.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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Regina Russell, MBA, MSN, NPD-BC
Clinical Learning Educator 2, Clinical Learning

Due to the non-clinical nature of the content discussed, the content developer has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. This CE activity will not cover content that would involve products or services of commercial interests. Therefore, no opportunity exists for a conflict of interest based on the financial relationship of faculty and those persons in control of content. Since these relationships are not relevant, no disclosure information was collected. 

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This activity has been approved for 2 credits for all Nurses including Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Registered Nurses. Baptist Health South Florida CE Broker Provider #50-182.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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