JHSON Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds: Safety Culture

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JHSON Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds
Safety Culture:  Assessment, Programs and Tools for Leading a Culture of Safety

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in partnership with the Nu Beta at Large Chapter of Sigma will offer a monthly Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds Continuing Nursing Education Series, providing an educational program led by top researchers from around the world.

In this June Virtual Grand Round, Dr. Paula Kent will address the assessment, programs and tools for leading a culture of safety. This virtual grand rounds will identify a plan for establishing and sustaining a safety culture, describe a successful approach, and identify the tools used for patient safety assessment and improvement.

Paula Kent, DrPH, M.S.N., M.B.A., R.N., CPPS is a patient safety specialist for the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. She is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating safety programs throughout the hospital. Her primary responsibility involves working with the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) teams to promote a culture of sharing and learning from defects, and to work toward meeting safety goals. In this capacity, she is able to observe the safety and teamwork cultures across the organization, and especially on CUSP teams. Dr. Kent works with organizational leaders to onboard them to the CUSP Executive role and partner them with new teams. She also has responsibility for the debriefing of the Safety Culture Assessment Survey house-wide annually and is responsible for oversight of the TeamSTEPPS training program at AI.

She has a Doctor of Public Health, a Master's of Nursing and an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and has a certificate in Patient Safety from IHI. She has worked in Patient Safety for more than 10 years and has an interest in measurement and monitoring of the performance of health care organizations to improve the culture of safety and delivery of safe patient care.

Kent has presented on safety topics both nationally and internationally (Mexico, Great Britain, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and Korea) and has facilitated the education of staff and the establishment of safety teams in the United Arab Emirates. She collaborates with Johns Hopkins' schools of nursing, public health and medicine, and the Armstrong Institute on teamwork and communication and patient safety programs.

The Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds CNE Series will offer attendee one CNE credit upon completion of each session, with the goal of fulfilling the JHSON’s mission of providing lifelong learning for health care professionals within the community. 


The Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds CNE Series is sponsored by the Nu Beta at Large Chapter of Sigma, the Honor Society of Nursing. The Nu Beta Chapter was established at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1992. In 2018, the Johns Hopkins Health System joined the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to become the first At-Large Chapter of Sigma. You can learn more here: https://nursing.jhu.edu/student-experience/honor-society

 Event Date
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Start Time: 11:30am
End Time: 1:00pm

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

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