Patient Safety Specialist
Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966. Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.
Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities. Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its three hospitals: Ben Taub, LBJ and Quentin Mease.
Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its three hospitals — Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson and Quentin Mease — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Skills / Requirements
Participates in the implementation of the Patient Safety Plan throughout Harris Health System. Supports Patient Safety Manager and Patient Safety Director with serious reportable event investigation. Maintains regulatory compliance in areas of patient safety. Completes mandatory reporting requirements to local, state, and federal agencies as delegated. Uses recognized methods to identify gaps in processes and assist departments to implement strategies to increase the delivery of safe patient care. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must have clinical knowledge to conduct thorough investigations of patient safety events.
Current State of Texas RN Licensure. Associates Degree in Nursing or higher
or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) with ten (10) years of nursing experience.
Or non-licensed person with a minimum of five (5) years of patient safety
experience in a hospital setting.
Two (2) years healthcare experience as a Registered Nurse or LVN with ten (10) years of nursing experience. A health care provider with two (2) years of experience in risk management, patient safety, or quality management related activities preferred, not required. Or non-licensed person with a minimum
of five (5) years of patient safety experience in a hospital setting.
Computer, calculator, fax, copier, camera.
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact); Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking);
Analytical; Mathematics; Medical Terms; Research; Statistical; P.C.
Advance Training/Specialty: Patient Safety certification (CPPS) within 2 years of employment.
Bachelor's Degree (Major):
Master's Degree (Major):
Weekends; Holidays; Flexible; Travel