Celebrating Patient Safety Awareness Week 

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A Call to Action for Travel Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

March 10–16 marks Patient Safety Awareness Week, and allows us a time to reflect on and renew our commitment to healthcare safety. For travel nurses, travel allied clinicians, and travel therapists, this week serves as a poignant reminder of clinicians' critical role in ensuring patients' safety and well-being. At FlexCare Medical Staffing, we recognize our professionals' unique challenges and opportunities on the front lines of patient care. In honoring this critical week, we aim to empower our clinicians with knowledge, resources, and motivation to continue prioritizing patient safety in their daily practice.  

Understanding the Significance of Patient Safety

Patient safety is the cornerstone of high-quality health care. It involves preventing and reducing the risk of patient harm during their treatment. This care encompasses a wide range of practices, from ensuring the accurate administration of medications to preventing infections and falls within healthcare facilities. The goal is simple yet critical: to avoid preventable injuries and reduce the risk of errors that can lead to patient harm.  

Adapting to different healthcare settings and teams can pose additional challenges to maintaining patient safety standards for travel nurses and allied health professionals. However, it also presents a unique opportunity to bring fresh perspectives and best practices to diverse clinical environments, enhancing patient care and safety protocols across locations.  

The Role of Travel Healthcare Professionals in Promoting Patient Safety

As a travel healthcare professional, you are uniquely positioned to advocate for and implement patient safety measures. Here are key ways you can contribute:  

  • Stay Informed and Educated: Continuous learning about the latest patient safety guidelines and best practices is crucial. Engage in professional development opportunities and training programs focusing on safety protocols and error prevention techniques. Explore the updated TJC National Patient Safety Goals.
  • Promote a Culture of Open Communication: Encourage open and honest communication among healthcare team members. A culture that supports speaking up about safety concerns without fear of retribution is vital for identifying and addressing potential safety issues before they result in harm.  
  • Adapt and Implement Best Practices: Leverage your experiences from various healthcare settings to share and implement best practices in patient safety. Your unique perspective can help foster innovation and improvement in safety protocols.  
  • Focus on Teamwork and Collaboration: Effective teamwork and collaboration are essential for safe patient care. Work closely with other healthcare professionals to ensure the integration of safety measures into all aspects of patient care.  
  • Practice Vigilance and Attention to Detail: Paying attention to the small details can make a big difference in patient safety. Be vigilant about following protocols, double-checking medications and dosages, and ensuring that patient care plans are accurately followed.  

Taking Action During Patient Safety Awareness Week and Beyond

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an ideal time to renew our focus on safety, but the commitment must continue throughout the year. Here are some actions you can take to keep the momentum going:  

  • Participate in patient safety training sessions and workshops.  
  • Share your experiences and lessons learned with colleagues to foster a learning environment.  
  • Advocate for safety improvements in your work setting.  
  • Reflect on your practices and look for ways to enhance patient safety in your daily routines.  

As we observe Patient Safety Awareness Week, remember that as a travel healthcare clinician, you have the power to make a difference in the lives of your patients. By staying informed, practicing vigilance, and working collaboratively, you can uphold the highest patient safety and care standards.  

FlexCare's Commitment to Supporting Our Healthcare Professionals

At FlexCare Medical Staffing, we are deeply committed to supporting our travel nurses, allied clinicians, and therapists in their efforts to enhance patient safety. We offer resources and support to help you stay current with the latest safety standards and practices. Our Clinical Service Team is a lighthouse for our travelers, ensuring they have the necessary support, resources, and education to provide the best possible care for their patients.   

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Edeli Kinsala
Edeli Kinsala, RN, BSN, MBA, Vice President of Clinical Services

With a nursing career that spans almost four decades, Edeli Kinsala brings a wealth of experience to FlexCare. Starting her career in med/surg, telemetry, and trauma ICU, Edeli has held a range of positions, such as Director of Nursing, Chief Clinical Officer, and CEO, to name a few. Her exposure to various healthcare settings – acute care, long-term acute care, skilled nursing, drug/alcohol rehab, psychiatric/behavioral health, and travel staffing – enables her to deeply understand the needs and challenges of nurses and clinicians in different environments. Above all, Edeli's philosophy of caring for people and doing the right thing aligns perfectly with FlexCare's core values.