Interprofessional Approaches to Quality and Safety


In November 2000, a gifted and healthy 15-year-old boy named Lewis Blackman died tragically in the hospital where he had undergone elective surgery. His death was caused by preventable errors and a profound lack of teamwork and communication on the part of the team caring for him—factors that cause tens of thousands of similar preventable deaths each year.  What are you doing to prevent this tragedy from happening in your own workplace?  Is your curriculum preparing students to improve the safety of our healthcare system?

Led by nationally renowned leaders in safety education, this institute will help develop competencies related to quality and safety that can transform your practice and how you educate learners. Join members of various health disciplines to explore the most recent evidence in the critical field of patient quality and safety. In this interactive, immersive experience you will model with each other how to work as an effective interprofessional team through innovative learning activities that will include simulation, reflective practice, and unfolding case studies – all designed to help you build a tool kit to apply in your local setting. Whether you work primarily as a practitioner or an educator in an academic or healthcare setting, you will leave this program with skills for applying important principles of quality and safety in your work setting.

Overall learning objectives:

  • Apply methods to improve communication among interprofessional teams
  • Practice effective teamwork strategies designed to improve patient safety
  • Discuss ways to improve systems of care that will result in less healthcare errors

Group (Team) Discount

If two or more people from the same office or agency, or who work as an interdisciplinary team, register at the same time as a group there is a $50 discount on each registration.  The discounted registration fee for each participant will be $725 if registered by April 23, 2014 or $800 if registered after that date.  This discount will be automatically applied when you register as a group by clicking the “Add Group Member” button.

Comments from 2013 Participants

"Drs. Sherwood and Durham were the best seminar/conference leaders I have ever experienced. Although the conference was packed with content, they kept us moving at a very manageable pace and incorporated a variety of teaching styles to keep us engaged. They also created a real sense of community among the participants; we felt like we were a "team" early into the very first day! "

"It was interactive and helps you see things from others perspectives and think outside the box.

"This is a very important program- this institute addresses issues vital to our professional existence. Patient safety and Interprofessional communication are first and foremost concerns from the point of a patient's admission to the time of discharge, with long-lasting effects for patients and families. This institute provides a thorough grounding as far as where we are as healthcare providers and where we all need to go."

"[It] made me take another look at how I & my other co-workers have been working Ineffectively as a team. It's given me a whole new perspective."

Accreditation Statement
The School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Additional Information

The class will be held at the School of Nursing in room L700 Carrington Hall.

On June 4, 2014, registration with coffee and morning snack will begin at 8:30am.

The Institute will begin promptly at 9:00am and run until 4:00pm each day.  On Friday, June 6, 2014 the program will end at approximately 2:00pm.

The Center for Lifelong Learning reserves the right to make changes to a program's content or speakers, as well as cancel programs due to low enrollment or in case of emergency conditions, such as inclement weather.

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