The Safety Culture Assessment is a survey administered across Johns Hopkins Medicine that measures caregiver attitudes related to the climate or culture of safety throughout the organization. The tool provides a snapshot of the overall safety culture in a given work area.
The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. It consists of questions that measure staff members’ perceptions of teamwork, safety, job satisfaction, stress recognition, burnout, work/life balance, unit management, hospital management and working conditions. There are five separate surveys that are specific to each clinical area: inpatient, ambulatory, home care, ambulatory surgery centers and Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. Questions use either a Likert Scale or free response fields. Sample evaluation statements on the survey include:
- I would feel safe being treated here as a patient.
- I have the support I need from others in this work setting to care for patients.
- There is good cooperation among hospital units that need to work together.
Take the Survey Through Nov. 7, 2018
The 2018 Safety Culture Assessment will be open from Monday, Oct. 1, through Wednesday, Nov. 7th. Eligible staff members will receive the survey through their Johns Hopkins email account with a unique URL.
If you have questions about the Safety Culture Assessment, please contact your manager or refer to the list below:
- Ambulatory Surgery Centers – Suzanne LaMarche
- Howard County General Hospital – Marcy Post
- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center – Kerri Huber
- Johns Hopkins Community Physicians – Nichole Jantzi and George Margetas
- Johns Hopkins Home Care Group – Krista Decker and Lisa Johnson
- The Johns Hopkins Hospital – Amy Plotts and Michelle Patch
- Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital – Allie Kohlbecker
- Sibley Memorial Hospital – Alyson Stalzer
- Suburban Hospital – Cathy Keech
Who needs to take the survey?
Staff members with responsibilities that directly affect patient care at any Johns Hopkins Medicine member organization will be asked to complete the survey. This includes nurses, physicians, mid-level providers, clinical associates, support associates, technicians, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, social workers, dieticians, rehabilitation therapists and others.
Staff members completing the survey should meet the following parameters:
- Work at one of the following Johns Hopkins Medicine member organizations: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, ambulatory surgery centers, Johns Hopkins Regional Physicians or the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (practicing physicians only).
- Work at least 20 hours per week.
- Work at least 50 percent of the time on a specific unit or clinical area. If the job role is not specific to a particular unit, staff members should answer the survey questions with a particular department or service in mind. For example, worked in the clinical area for at least four weeks.
- FOR PHYSICIANS ONLY: On average, admit at least two patients per month to the clinical area.
Due to our strong culture, the managers understand how important staff engagement is to patient safety and how they are linked. The surveys have become one of the tools we use to gauge what we’re doing well and where we can improve. At regular staff meetings, we address questions from the surveys to explore engagement and address patient safety. This is a yearlong process for us — not just the month before the surveys
- Beatrice Mudge, CT Imaging Manager