Patient safety focus of conference for nurses, students

February 18 2008

The Continuing Nursing Education Program of Indiana State University and the Lambda Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, are hosting a New Frontiers in Safety conference for nurses and all students in health professions on March 20, at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education, 1433 N. 6 ½ St. in Terre Haute. The registration deadline is March 7.

The keynote speaker is Patricia Ebright, an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis, who has presented nationally on the complexity of nursing work and the implications of nursing decision-making for patient safety. She is a clinical nurse specialist, National Patient Safety Leadership (NPSF) Fellow and NPSF-funded researcher.

The program will give attendees an increased understanding of how to improve quality of care, safe lifting, prevention of injury in the healthcare arena, and new initiatives in the acute care setting to promote patient safety.

“This workshop will bring cutting-edge knowledge about patient safety to health care providers here in the Wabash Valley,” said Betsy Frank, professor of nursing at ISU. “Ebright will focus in on the fact that errors made by health care providers are rarely, if ever, the fault of one person, but the result of the complex work environment in which all care is delivered. By understanding the complexities of the health care delivery system, providers can work to ensure that the system functions in a manner to deliver safe patient care.”

Objectives of the conference include:
• Describe the evolution of error in complex environments
• Discuss research findings about RN work complexity and risk for error
• Describe implications and applications for improving quality/safety and nursing education
• Discuss American Nurses Association\'s, \"Handle With Care Initiative\"
• Gain comprehension of what MRSA is and be able to state the practices on the prevention of the spread of infection
• Demonstrate appropriate selection and lifting techniques using various types of equipment
• Learn a general overview of Union Hospital\'s bar coding technology (MAK) during medication administration
• Identify strategies to prevent pressure ulcers through initiatives as those proposed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement\'s 5 Million Lives campaign

All students will receive a certificate of completion, and 5.75 nursing contact hours will be awarded upon completion of the program.

Other speakers include Patti Jones, an assistant professor at Indiana State University; Amy Beasley, infection control manager for Union Hospital; Ben Armbrust, sales executive for ARJO; Shad Goodman, nursing care manager at Union Hospital; Glenda Mann, education specialist at Union Hospital; and Betsy Frank, professor at ISU, and president of the Lambda Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and region 9 coordinator.

Jones will speak on promoting safe patient handling and movement; Beasley’s talk will be about prevention of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection; Armbrust will speak on safe lifting devices; Goodman will speak about MAK (Bar-Coding Medication Administration) at the bedside; Mann will talk on the identification and prevention of pressure ulcers; and Frank will give the closing remarks.

The cost for the all-day conference is $75 and includes materials and refreshments. The cost for students is $20; there is no charge to students not eating. The cost for retirees, without continuing education credit, is $20.

The registration deadline is March 7, and is limited to the first 150 participants. There will be no on-site registration. To register, contact Leslie Krockenberger at 812-237-3696 or


Contact: Leslie Krockenberger, Continuing Nursing Education Program, Indiana State University, 812-237-3696 or

Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or

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The Continuing Nursing Education Program of Indiana State University and the Lambda Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, are hosting a New Frontiers in Safety conference.

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