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Celebrate National Nurses Week: May 6-12

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 6, 2016

A Culture of Safety? It Starts with You

by Joanna Carmona

Rachel Whittaker, BSN, RN, CPN, will receive
the NPSF-DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses
at the 2016 NPSF Patient Safety Congress.


Friday kicks off a week-long celebration of nurses nationwide sponsored by the American Nurses Association (ANA). The 2016 theme is “Culture of safety—It starts with you,” and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) would like to recognize the numerous ways nurses make a difference in the lives of patients and more specifically how they keep them safe from harm.


Like the ANA, NPSF recognizes the importance of creating a culture of safety. National Nurses Week is a great opportunity to acknowledge the many ways nurses contribute to safety culture.


Nurses Taking Initiative

“Nurses spend more time with patients than any other providers of care,” said Martha Cangany, a medical-surgical clinical nurse specialist at Franciscan St. Francis Health hospital in Indianapolis in a recent article. This is why nurse-led safety initiatives can be a powerful boost to patient care.


One example of nurses taking charge of the safety of patients occurred recently within seven Pennsylvania-area hospitals. While participating in the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) training program, a group of nurses instituted a number of changes that led to the reduction of the average length of hospital stays for patients. Some of their initiatives included working on patient mobility and making improvements in team communication. These initiatives are vital steps forward in the movement to make medical care safer for everyone.

Top of the Ranks

Americans reported that they trust nurses more than any other profession, according to data from a 2015 Gallup poll. This isn’t a new finding as nurses have been ranked number one for the past 14 years.


Patients who are in the hospital or other care facility for a procedure, surgery, or accident, often are not there by choice. When they have a nurse who cares for them and brings a bit of positivity to the experience, it can make a difference in their care and recovery.


“Nurses are vital to creating and sustaining cultures of safety and ensuring safety of patients, families, and the workforce,” said Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, senior vice president and chief operating officer, NPSF. “And while nurses in any role are equally important to advancing safety, a large percent of nurses are serving in roles as patient safety officers, and managers, and an increasing number of nurses hold the Certified Professional in Patient Safety credential.”


Award-Winning RNs

The National Patient Safety Foundation plans to honor one exceptional nurse and one team of nurses in May at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress in Arizona. The honorees will receive the NPSF-DAISY Award, and we are excited to recognize the extraordinary work of these winners.


Read more about the 2016 honorees and the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

NPSF and Nurses

“Nurses are leaders in advancing patient safety across the world and have been essential to the NPSF mission. They contribute regularly to the direction of our organization through participation on our boards, as members, and faculty for our webcasts and annual Congress,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and CEO of NPSF.


Nurses, we thank you!

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Joanna Carmona is communications coordinator at the National Patient Safety Foundation. Contact her at

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