Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Human Factors and Patient Safety: Key Issues for Nurses and Midwives

This short programme provides registered nurses/midwives with evidenced based knowledge to develop their theoretical and practical understanding of how human factors influence patient safety. Human factors are concerned with the relationship between human beings and the systems within which they work. The content will focus on the evolution of the safety culture and critically analyse how factors such as leadership, decision making, teamwork, inter-professional working and communication influence a culture of safety within the healthcare environment.

Programme duration 6 hours
Entry requirements Registered nurses and midwives
  • Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI Continuing Nursing & Midwifery Education Units: 6 CNMEUs
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Continuing Education Units: 6 CEUs
Assessment No
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Programme contact

Ms Catherine Clune Mulvaney, Operations & Education Manager, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Programme aims

  • To provide registered nurses and midwives with up-to-date, evidenced based knowledge to critically develop nurses’ theoretical and practical understanding of the relationship between human factors and patient safety in healthcare.
  • To support registered nurses and midwives in enhancing their confidence, skills and competences, with regard to the creation and the enhancement of a safe environment in today’s complex healthcare environment.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this CPD programme, participants will be able to:
  • Critically discuss the history of safety in healthcare and the characteristics of a safe environment and the risks associated with healthcare.
  • Critically discuss the factors influencing a safe healthcare environment.
  • Critically discuss the role of leadership, decision making and teamwork in enhancing patient safety.
  • Critically discuss how inter-professional working and collaboration enhances patient safety.
  • Critically discuss the role of effective communication in patient/client/family interactions.
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