Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.
U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.
Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.
In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.
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Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet® organization
Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognized each year as North Carolina's Great 100 Nurses.
Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.
Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses
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Patient Safety Associate
Duke University Hospital (DUH) seeks a Patient Safety Associate to collaborate with the Executive Director and Patient Safety team to support implementation of patient safety science, practices and system-driven plans for patient safety across the organization. The Patient Safety Associate will be responsible for coordinating activities and
deployment of patient safety actions/methods with an assigned group of Clinical Service Units/business lines and intervening on safety events, risks or threats, as assigned. In addition, they will assist in support of organizational patient safety and quality initiatives, support and attend related committees, lead training and educational activities, and support the assessment and advancement of the culture of safety. The individual will assist in managing data, identifying trends and advocating for advancement of patient safety.
The Associate will primarily utilize a variety of proactive and retrospective patient safety tools and methods including, Root Cause Analysis, Learning from Defects, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, human factors analysis, and trend and pattern recognition utilizing a variety of safety signals. In addition to strong, specialized patient safety and quality improvement knowledge, the Patient Safety Associate will need to demonstrate strong soft skills to be able to read the environment as well as build trust and collaborative relationships with team members across the organization.
Facilitates the implementation of the organization's patient safety plan in alignment with the Duke Health and Duke University Hospital objectives.
Collaborates with physician, nurse, and other clinical and non-clinical leaders, including quality and Lean champions, to influence leadership in the transformation to, and support of, a robust culture of safety.
Facilitates sentinel event response and ensures thorough and credible root cause analysis approach following standard methodology.
Conducts and coaches others in proactive analysis to identify trends and patterns or gaps in systems and processes related to all aspects of care delivery, patient and staff safety.
Promotes learning culture through multi-faceted system to share.
Contributes to development of patient safety, culture and teamwork training content, documents, materials, and courses. Provides training and coaching to all levels of the organization, including students and residents.
Serves as a facilitator and change agent with ability to navigate challenging situations and complex issues with an objective approach employing humble inquiry and leadership skills.
Practices skills of open-ended questioning, attentive listening, recognizing sound PDCA problem solving and A3 thinking in alignment with the Duke Quality System.
Coaches others and facilitates the development of action plans and mechanisms to monitor and analyze effectiveness of improvement efforts
Supports project management activities and/or works with project managers on project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and closeout.
Performs other related duties, administrative or otherwise, incidental to the work described herein.
Education: Master's Degree Preferred
Experience:Minimum of 5 years clinical or healthcare work experience
Prior experience in patient safety and quality improvement is required.
Experience can be supplemented with Master's degree with a Masters being equivalent to two years of experience.
Nursing or other direct clinical care experience
Experience in hospital setting, ideally teaching hospital
Lean, Six Sigma or Performance Improvement experience
Project management experience
Degrees, Licensure, and/or certification: Certified Professional in-Patient Safety (CPPS) preferred or attained within 2 years of hire
TeamSTEPPs Master Trainer certification preferred but not required.
Experience and demonstrated skill with using the teaching method of asking questions for self-discovery
Strong facilitation skills
Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills
Expert knowledge of patient safety science, principles and tools as would be gained from certification from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (Certified Professional in-Patient Safety (CPPS)) and/or from the National Association for Healthcare Quality (Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ))
Ability to manage multiple projects
Change Management Skills: stakeholder analysis, communication plans, organizational readiness assessments
Project Management Skills: create project plans and manage multiple parallel deadlines, ability to identify roadblocks proactively and formulate mitigation plans
Required Minimum Qualifications at this Level
Bachelor's degree in a business or health-related field is required.
Minimum of 5 years work experience, including 3 years of experience with significant responsibility for performance/ process improvement. Experience leading work teams required.
Experience can be supplemented with Master's degree with a Masters being equivalent to two years of experience
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Effective written and verbal communication skills
Ability to communicate with customers/staff with diverse educational backgrounds
Analysis of data and processes for opportunities for improvement
Ability to manage numerous diverse projects simultaneously through effective priority setting, efficient use of time, organization
Knowledge of accreditation standards and regulations related to health care
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Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.
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