Patient Safety Specialist - Quality & Patient Safety

UCI Health
September 24, 2023
Offerd Salary:$90,500
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Updated: Aug 24, 2023 Location: Orange Job Type: Department: Quality & Patient Safety


Position Number: 41020790

Reports to: Mgr, Quality & Patient Safety

Working Title: Patient Safety Specialist

Cost Center: Quality & Patient Safety (428728)

Bargaining Unit: No Bargaining Unit

FLSA: Exempt

Date Created: 8/22/2023

Job Code: 004204

Hours: 40

Shift: Not Applicable

FTE: 1

Position Summary:

The Patient Safety Specialist will be responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of patients across the UCI care continuum. The Patient Safety Specialist supports the management of a comprehensive patient safety program, including causal analysis, incident report management, safety rounds, and organizational safety training.

The Patient Safety Specialist will work with Quality, Patient Safety and Transformation leadership, clinical and medical leadership in analyzing the human, organizational, and system factors contributing to adverse events and work with them to identify and implement risk reduction strategies that promote patient safety. The Specialist manages collection, processing, documentation, and follow-up on adverse events, including performing daily surveillance and causal analysis of complex patient safety incidents, adverse events, errors, and areas of noncompliance.

The Patient Safety Specialist promotes a culture of safety by organizing and conducting patient safety rounds and escalating potential risks and patient safety concerns. The Specialist promotes and supports the Great Catch program and overall recognition of safety efforts by frontline staff and providers. The Specialist serves as a resource for patient safety activities, projects and initiatives. The Patient Safety Specialist supports patient safety educational needs and opportunities. The Specialist develops and facilitates presentations and training programs meant to increase awareness of patient safety initiatives and/or best practices.

Total Compensation

In addition to the salary range listed below, we offer a wealth of benefits to make working at UCI even more rewarding. These benefits may include medical insurance, sick and vacation time, retirement savings plans, and access to a number of discounts and perks. Please utilize the links listed here to learn more about our:

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Salary Range:

Annual RateMinimum $90,500.00 Midpoint $130,100.00 Maximum $169,700.00

Core Organizational Functions:

ACCOUNTABILITY: Responsible for the achievements and success of UC Irvine Health. Follows through and meets commitments; accountable for own actions and supportive of colleagues; presents self in appearance and actions in a manner that conveys professionalism and pride in area of responsibility; projects a positive presence and ensures that work related or personal frustrations are kept separate from patient care and professional activities; takes responsibility for problems and solutions; follows existing policies and procedures.

RESPECT: Foster an environment of mutual respect and trust among ourselves and with all whom we serve. Is always compassionate and empathetic for both patients and team members; makes eye contact, smiles and or greets every individual using the individual's name, if known; treats all guests and co-workers with the utmost respect, dignity, courtesy and respects their confidentiality; arrives to meetings on time; keeps personal conversations with other employees offstage, out of earshot of patients and visitors.

INTEGRITY: Tells the truth and strives to earn the trust of those around us. Takes pride in their work, being honest and accountable in their words and actions; meets or exceeds department defined service expectations; makes the right decision in the best interest of UC Irvine Health.

INNOVATION: Seeks ideas and approaches that can change the way the world discovers, teaches and heals. Approaches work creatively and continuously looks for new and flexible ways to solve problems; encourages and implements ideas to improve safety, customer service and operational performance; works to create efficient and effective systems so that time is not spent repeating and fixing problems; initiates and supports change.

SERVICE: Collaborates to effectively and compassionately serve our patients, each other and the community. Anticipates customer's needs; maintains a calm, quiet, healing environment; accepts assignments graciously and carries out duties with pride; recognizes that every individual has an area of expertise and his/her contribution is valuable; keeps patients, families, customers and team members informed about time, thanks the person for waiting, and apologizes for delays.

EXCELLENCE: Committed to achieving the highest level of excellence in patient care, discovery and education. Demonstrates pride; practices humility; embraces greatness; encourages and praises others for work well done; learns to grow developing self and others personally and professionally; is accurate and strives for excellence; creates a positive and productive work climate.

Required Qualifications:

Consistently interacts with all members of the organization in ways that enhance understanding, respect, cooperation and problem solving

Strong analytical skills with the ability to identify trends, analyze data, and implement evidence-based interventions

Proven ability to conduct root cause analysis and utilize other risk assessment tools and methodologies.

Knowledgeable about patient safety reporting systems and adverse event management.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with various stakeholders and drive change

Demonstrated ability to motivate and engage others in patient safety initiatives.

3+ years of experience in patient safety within a healthcare setting.

Bachelor's Degree in healthcare administration, public health, nursing or other relevant field

Thorough knowledge of patient safety principles, regulatory guidelines, and best practices

Knowledge of healthcare regulatory standards (e.g., The Joint Commission, CMS) and their impact on patient safety

Ability to communicate with front line staff and senior leadership in an effective and psychologically safe manner.

Demonstrated ability to build and maintain a climate of trust and inspire commitment from others to cultivate a culture of safety

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Related Field

Certification in patient safety, risk management, or quality improvement (e.g., Certified Professional in Patient Safety) is highly preferred.

Conditions of Employment:

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:

· Background Check and Live Scan

· Legal Right to Work in the United States

· Vaccination Policies

· Smoking and Tobacco Policy

· Drug Free Environment

The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or job specific requirements.

· California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

· E-Verify

· Pre-Placement Health Evaluation

Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page: https: //

Closing Statement:

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact UCI's Employee Experience Center (EEC) at [email protected] or at (949) 824-0500, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

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