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PeaceHealth | Vancouver, Washington
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Job Description

Req ID: 152363

PeaceHealth is seeking a Patient Safety Consultant - Patient Safety for a 1.0 full time equivalent Exempt position. This position will be working Day shift with shift durations of Variable.


Takes a leadership role in the network of care.  Accountable for the patient safety program within assigned scope of responsibility; model and develop a culture of safety; identify opportunities and implement initiatives to enhance patient safety.  Apply critical decision making ability in the determination of severity of events and their root causes to take appropriate action to mitigate or prevent reoccurrence and handle highly sensitive information in confidential, mature manner.


1. Review and analyze all sentinel events and selected near-miss close calls to identify system factors contributing to error.  Discuss incidents with individuals involved and engage them to explain how the process of care needs to be redesigned to prevent recurrence. Make critical decisions about root causes of adverse events and recommend, design, develop and implement action plans to prevent or mitigate future occurrences.

2. Maintain statistical tabulations and summaries of patient-safety-related occurrences and make appropriate reports to various agencies (or Patient Safety Organizations) as required by law or determined by the organization. Meet Regularly (weekly) with key stakeholders to prioritize concerns and determine appropriate level of review/investigation.   Develop and implement action plans to prevent or mitigate future occurrences. Ensure subsequent follow up with caregivers for completion of action items to determine effectiveness of solutions and/or improvements designed to prevent reoccurrence.

3. Participate in system wide meetings to ensure that lessons learned from incidents in one community are shared and enhancements to process or procedures are implemented across the entire organization to mitigate occurrence in another PeaceHealth community.

4. Serve as coach or primary data resource for individual unit patient safety representatives seeking to engage in focused patient safety projects.  Encourage collaboration with other areas as appropriate. Co- Chair the unit based safety council meetings with the PSO.

5. Conduct routine tours of assigned area to foster transparency and to hear from staff what their greatest concerns are about the environment in which they work.  Use this process to develop a list of priorities for staff education and resource allocation.

6. Co-facilitate meetings, develop agendas and document the proceedings of the assigned area patient safety committee. Ensure follow through on action items.

7. Develop, implement, and maintain educational patient safety programs for all hospital caregivers.

8. Work collaboratively with leadership, to develop and implement strategies to eliminate harm to patients.  Through collaboration and partnerships with caregivers, implement programs and services that produce measurable improvements in processes and practices that affect patient safety, ultimately resulting in a decrease in numbers, costs and severity levels of healthcare associated harm incidents. 

9. Proactively and reactively address patient safety issues utilizing data from Root Cause Analysis, the AHRQ Patient Safety Culture survey, AHRQ Patient Safety indicators, internal reporting systems, information from facility and system Patient Safety Committees, Executive Rounding and other national and state reports and alerts to analyze issues, determine their root causes, and implement effective and reliable solutions. Participate in the development of system-wide action plans to ensure that lessons learned are spread across the entire organization so that problems resolved in one area of the organization do not reappear elsewhere.

10. The role has primary responsibility for conducting RCAs and FMEAs for events occurring within the Network.  May be called upon to participate and assist with another network’s RCA/ FMEA process or system-wide events periodically.

11.  Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's Degree in healthcare related field required or equivalent knowledge and skills obtained through a combination of education, training and experience.
  • Masters Degree preferred


  • Minimum 3 years of prior experience in nursing, quality improvement, or risk management.
  • Formal Training in root cause analysis, Six Sigma, A3 or Lean desirable. Preference given to prior Advanced Training Program in Healthcare Quality attendees or equivalent quality improvement curriculum.
  • Formal Training in TeamSTEPPS, Just Culture, Crucial Conversations and Influencer Model or equivalent highly desirable.
  • Healthcare and patient safety experience required
  • Risk management and or quality improvement backgrounds are both equally desirable.


  • Licensed/Registered RN or Certified in a Clinical equivalent field required. Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality is preferred.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to make independent judgments and pay close attention to details
  • Ability to analyze large data sets and design a process to identify cause and solution (may require the ability to perform analytic root-cause analysis, failure mode, and effects analysis, or to institute detailed analysis to determine the origin of errors.)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information

Please apply online to be considered. For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.

About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of its founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. 

We offer competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a collaborative, Mission-driven work environment! To learn more about working at PeaceHealth and the Vancouver, WA community please visit our homepage: www.peacehealth.org/careers.

Get a feeling for the Spirit of PeaceHealth through this three-minute video, and visit us on Facebook or LinkedIn!

Questions? Review our Employment FAQ or email Recruitment@peacehealth.org. Please note this email does not accept resumes or applications.

Location: Vancouver, WA, Shared Services Center (802)
Job Category:  Professionals - Other
Shift:  Day
Shift Length: Variable
FTE: 1.0
Work Type:  Full Time
Hourly compensation starts at: $35.55, more depending on experience
Required Certifications/Licensure: 

PeaceHealth is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified job applicants and employees without regard to the following statuses: protected veteran; qualified individual with a disability; race; ethnicity; religion; gender; pregnancy; gender identity; national origin; age; genetic information; sexual orientation; or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, or federal laws.

The above information is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of caregivers assigned to this job.

Posting Notes: Vancouver, WA || Professionals - Other || Full Time || QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit health care system sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, with services in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth's rigorous pursuit of exceptional medicine springs from its mission, values, and commitment to provide healing and compassionate care to patients and families.

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