Carla Williams currently works as a Patient Safety Improvement Lead with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Most recently she worked in the Quality and Risk Management Department as both the Accreditation Manager and Safer Healthcare Now leader for the Eastern Integrated Regional Health Authority in St. John's, Newfoundland. Eastern Health provides health care services across the full continuum for more than 290,000 people across 21,000 square kilometers.
Throughout her career, Carla has held various management positions in both the acute and long term care sectors including Clinical Supervisor, Resident Care Manager, and Director of Care.
Carla is a Registered Nurse and holds a Bachelor of Nursing from Memorial University, and a Master of Health Services Management from Charles Sturt University (Australia). She also holds a certificate in gerontological nursing from the Canadian Nurses Association.
Carla is past president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Gerontological Nurses Association (NLGNA) and has served on various committees with the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL).
Vision for patient safety in Canada:
Patient Safety permeates all aspects of healthcare delivery, whether in the acute, long term care or community setting. My vision is that patient safety will truly be the number one priority for all healthcare relevant partners; and that because of our determined, collaborative efforts across this country, we will have demonstrated such significant reduction in healthcare related harm, that Canada will be known as THE leader in patient safety.
Vision for patient safety education in Canada:
My vision for patient safety education is that, without exception, every member of the healthcare team, including patients, clients, residents and family members would have a comprehensive understanding of how their role contributes to healthcare related. More specifically, that all members of the healthcare team would be equipped and empowered to act on, or respond to that awareness.