Table of Contents
ISRN Nursing
Volume 2012, Article ID 401358, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/401358
Research Article

How Baccalaureate Nursing Students Value an Interprofessional Patient Safety Course for Professional Development

1School of Nursing, Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178, USA
2Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178, USA
3School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178, USA

Received 28 November 2011; Accepted 5 January 2012

Academic Editors: J. D. Allan, A. Kenny, and A. Williams

Copyright © 2012 Amy A. Abbott et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Nursing students need foundation knowledge and skills to keep patients safe in continuously changing health care environments. A gap exists in our knowledge of the value students place on interprofessional patient safety education. The purpose of this exploratory, mixed methods study was to understand nursing students’ attitudes about the value of an interprofessional patient safety course to their professional development and its role in health professions curricula. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from formative course performance measures, course evaluations, and interviews with six nursing students. The qualitative themes of awareness, ownership, and action emerged and triangulated with the descriptive quantitative results from student performance and course evaluations. Students placed high value on the course and essential nature of interprofessional patient safety content. These findings provide a first step toward integration of interprofessional patient safety education into nursing curricula and in meeting the Institute of Medicine’s goals for the nursing profession.