Fairview Health Services

  • System Sr Patient Safety Specialist

    Job Locations US-MN-Saint Paul
    Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/8/2019 2:59 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Non-Clinical Professional
    Professional-Non Clinical
    Bethesda Hospital
    Hours per 2 weeks
    Patient Safety
  • Overview

    The System Senior Patient Safety Specialist, at the direction of the System Patient Safety Director, leads investigations of complex quality and patient safety events in order to maximize learning, prevent recurrence, and mitigate preventable patient harm. Additionally, the System Senior Patient Safety Specialist leads strategic preventative and performance improvement projects associated to patient safety to improve care processes, advance the organization’s culture of safety, and capture and spread patient safety best practices.

    Responsibilities/Job Description

    • Lead projects and provide Subject Matter Expertise in System-Wide Safety Initiatives in collaboration with System Patient Safety Director and Quality and Patient Safety Leaders across Fairview regions and system. Position requires experience in health systems with Incident Reporting, Root Cause Analysis, developing standard Safety Communications, audits and tools for Key Learnings and Safety Huddles, ability to design training on culture, National Patient Safety Goals, and other relevant safety topics. Working with inter-disciplinary teams and multi-cultural teams is key.
    • This individual will use industry tools and resources to identify and initiate evaluation and redesign of systems to prevent future errors; collaborate with facility leaders to implement corrective actions; apply principles of reliable design to ensure delivery of evidence-based care and reduction in preventable harm; develop process/performance improvement plans; and support implementation teams to bring projects to completion. It is also expected that this individual has a strong working knowledge of regulatory requirements affecting the development of safety and quality implementation strategies (e.g., CMS, Joint Commission, MN Department of Health, HIPAA, etc.).
    • Provide guidance in developing patient safety reports and monitor trends across the system utilizing data from the incident reporting system, safety huddles, and Root Cause Analysis and present findings at various committees as requested.
    • Design audits and tools as needed to verify measures of success and/or audit the auditor for patient safety.
    • Collaborate with patient safety staff, and Subject Matter Experts to develop and spread learnings via Safety Alerts, Advisories, Notifications, and Key Learnings based on best practices and evidence based medicine.
    • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert for Root Cause Analysis, Safety Culture, National Patient Safety Goals, Annual Mandatory and Required Education and other best practices and evidence based programs as needed. Coach others on project management and performance improvement methodologies.
    • Participate in System Safety A3 plans and projects as assigned.




    • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field. If clinical, current MN clinical licensure in good standing.


    • 3-5 years Quality/Patient Safety experience and at least 5 years of clinical experience



    • Master’s Degree in relevant area


    • 10 years of combined education in relevant area, clinical experience, and/or performance improvement/project management experience in a hospital setting.
    • LEAN preferred, training on RCA, Safety Culture experience conducting training for adult learners and with Incident Reporting Systems


    • Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), and/or Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ

    Additional Requirements:

    • Demonstrates skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Visio, and the Web
    • Detail orientated and possess strong critical thinking and decision-making skills
    • Associate Level clinician may be considered with relevant quality experience


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