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Five-Day Patient Safety Certificate Program

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The Armstrong Institute's five-day Patient Safety Certificate Program immerses participants in the key concepts, tools and skills that they need to reduce preventable harm to patients, whether at the level of unit/clinic, clinical department or hospital. Learners delve into performance improvement approaches--such as Lean Sigma, Human Factors and Design Thinking--while delving into strategies to engage their organizations in this critical work. Consisting of 24 modules, the program also covers such essential topics as patient safety culture, patient-centered care, safe design principles, and interdisciplinary teamwork and communication.

Continuing nursing education credits available. See accreditation statement.

Upcoming program dates

The Participant Experience

  • Frequent opportunities to apply the concepts and skills to problem-solving and action-planning in realistic scenarios
  • Group activities--such as simulations, design sessions and case studies
  • A "sandbox" environment that allows testing of solutions with peers
  • Learning from peers, as well as from instructors who have led successful safety projects at Johns Hopkins, across the United States and internationally
  • Participating in an online community of patient safety and quality practitioners, before, during and after the five-day program.

"This was one of the best run and most practical courses that I have ever attended. The week just flew by. Great instructors with practical examples, and lots of camaraderie with other participants. It was a really terrific learning experience."

- William Brooks, MD, MPH, Tampa, Fla.

Read what other participants are saying.

Learning Objectives

After completing this five-day program, participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Develop patient safety initiatives for real and lasting change
  • Create and sustain a patient safety culture that has patient-centered care as its linchpin
  • Use a system-based approach to identify and reduce defects in their health care organizations
  • Apply evidence-based practices to develop and support effective multidisciplinary teams that work in partnership with patients and their families to improve patient safety outcomes
  • Act as change agents in their organizations as they lead efforts to continuously learn from defects and improve patient safety and quality care by developing action plans for patient safety improvement

Registration and Cost

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Accreditation Statement

This program is co-provided by the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (IJHN). The IJHN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 29.5 contact hours are provided by this program.

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