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Patient Safety


This guide introduces you to library services and resources relating to patient safety. Use the tabs at the left of the guide to navigate to all pages. If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out.

Key Databases

Welcome! For more options, try our comprehensive list of resources. Looking for a specific journal? Search by journal title in the E-Journals A to Z list. Need background information on your topic? Try the Encyclopedia of Nursing Research. Looking for books? Try Scholar OneSearch. Use the filter options on the left to limit results to books or e-books.

Clinical Tools


APA 7 is the standard citation format you will be using throughout this certificate program.

Use the APA Style website to find information on:

  • Paper format
  • In-text citations
  • Mechanics of style
  • Bias-free language
  • Tables and figures
  • References
  • Grammar
  • Publication process

AccessMedicine Patient Safety Module

These online modules will provide you with an introduction to the core concepts of patient safety in an interactive and self-paced learning environment.


The current course includes three (3) modules: Handwashing, Understanding Error, and Communication Concepts. Hand Washing is the introductory module while the other two modules have chapters within them. The eight individual topics covered in this course include the following:


    Hand Washing Module

    Understanding Error Module with three chapters

        System Complexity

        Human Factors

        Epidemiology of Error

    Communication Concepts Module with four chapters

        Communicating in Teams

        Voice and Power

        Effective Communication Strategies



Each module can be used as a stand-alone tool or as a component of a broader curriculum in patient safety.