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Australian College of Nursing endorses new e-learning course to improve patient safety

Australian College of Nursing endorses new e-learning course to improve patient safetyWednesday, 11 December 2013.

A University of South Australia (UniSA) online learning program to improve the reliability and quality of handover during patient transitions of case in Australasian healthcare organisations has just been endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing (ACN).

In cooperation with St Andrews Hospital, UniSA’s Tina Holmes and Dr Jane Warland from the School of Nursing and Midwifery have developed an e-learning course using real case notes, real patient scenarios and practicing clinicians, designed to be used by health professionals at any stage of their career.

The launch of the course coincides with the declaration of Clinical Handover as one of the new National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. It also follows research by the World Health Organisation, identifying poor implementation of clinical handover as one of the top five patient safety problems.

The ACN have awarded a total of four Continuing Professional Development points for the four course modules which will assist registered health professionals to maintain skills and knowledge in patient continuity of care.

Commercial development of the UniSA online learning program was made possible through the support of ITEK Ventures, the technology commercialisation company of the University of South Australia.

Dr Stephanie Agius, the Commercial Manager of ITEK Ventures says “successful product development involved a team effort involving an Industry partner, Intellilearn, entrepreneurial UniSA staff and ITEK Ventures.”

IntelliLearn, is a South Australian company and leader in on-line education in clinical health practice.

The clinical handover e-learning course is available on the IntelliLearn web site