Quality patient care: challenges and opportunities
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Quality patient care: challenges and opportunities

Doris Corkin Senior lecturer (education), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Jodie Kenny Staff nurse, Critical care unit, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, England

There are several interlocking elements integral to the delivery of safe patient care, including clinical governance, efficient communication, teamwork, risk assessment, inter-professional education and effective leadership. Each element can be challenging to understand, develop, or act on, but it is essential that nurses use these as opportunities to ensure their specialty or service delivers safe and high-quality care. This article discusses each of these elements and its relationship to quality patient care, with specific reference to the role of children’s nurses.

Nursing Management. 24, 7, 32-36. doi: 10.7748/nm.2017.e1670



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Received: 03 August 2017

Accepted: 21 August 2017