By Tracy Wyant, MSN, RN-BC, AOCN®, CHPN, and Laurl Matey, MSN, RN, CHPN
As part of the #SpotlightonSafety initiative, ONS wants to empower nurses to adopt and achieve a culture of safety in practice. Why? Because oncology nurses are vital contributors to assuring safety in a hazardous, complex care environment. Individual core values, evidence-based behaviors, and a sustained dedication to providing safe care are the basic components of a culture of safety. A true safe culture is achieved by striving for optimal safety through collaborative leadership and advocacy that minimizes blame, recognizes potential errors, and prevents harm to both patients and staff.
Have you reflected on your individual contributions to a safe culture? When considering various safety risks, you may think of safe handling precautions and the prevention of harm caused by errors, infections, and falls. However, a culture of safety involves holistic strategies that address all domains of care. Physical, developmental, psychosocial, spiritual, and emotional factors exist in your daily work that create ethical dilemmas or otherwise impact safe access to care, safe delivery of care, health promotion, nursing self-care, and advocacy for our patients and profession.
Let’s share insight and stories about safety! You’re invited to “#SpotlightonSafety: Advancing, Adopting, and Achieving a Culture of Safety” in Learning Hall Theater 3 on Thursday, April 28 at 3 pm to observe care discussions and scenarios, from inappropriate faux pas to compliance issues to potentially detrimental errors. Your role will be to scrutinize the scenarios, spot the slip ups, and speak up for safety! We’ll certainly share some lighthearted blunders, but we’ll take all safety issues seriously, discussing effective recognition, practical prevention, and successful management strategies.