Job Description: Patient Safety Officer

July 1, 2010 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance


Because much of what the patient safety officer does is focused on change, he or she must possess the knowledge and skills of an effective agent of change and transform the organization's attitude and approach toward patient safety. This sample job description provides a brief position summary, a list of essential functions, and basic qualifications for a patient safety officer. While each hospital may have differing functions that may fall under the role of patient safety officer, this sample job description covers essential clinical patient safety functions and should be used as a starting point when creating a more detailed job description for the position.

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