Simona Paulikienė


Patient safety represents a global public health problem. WHO Patient Safety estimates that millions of patients worldwide suffer disabling injuries or death every year due to unsafe medical practices and care. Patient safety competencies are important in professional practice, so true to install and integrate the patient safety in curriculum training of health care professionals. Mentoring and practical training is also particularly relevant to patient safety education. Research aim – expose role of practical training in developing patient safety competencies of nursing students’. The study involved general practice nursing degree program students (N = 276) of two Lithuanian colleges. The study was conducted using a questionnaire of Health Professional Education in Patient Safety Survey and questionnaire prepared by researcher of this study. Nursing students evaluated obtained competencies of patient safety during the theoretical lessons and practice, expressed their views about the activities of the mentor. The results revealed that the nursing students in practical training in comparison with theoretical lessons acquire fewer patient safety competencies of risk management, communication with patients, understanding of environmental factors, culture of safety, working in teams. During practical training students insufficiently acquire competencies of patient safety. Mentoring is important in developing patient safety competencies of nursing students’ during practical training.

Article in Lithuanian

Keyword(s): practical training; mentoring; competencies of patient safety; nursing studies
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2013.057
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