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2/8/2011 5:00 PM

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) have signed a partnership agreement to jointly support a range of patient safety initiatives by contributing resources to reach common outcomes.  The partnership agreement formalizes the relationship and recognizes the need for leadership and a coordinated voice at the pan-Canadian level.  It also acknowledges the mutual interest in promoting patient safety in the Canadian healthcare delivery system in both official languages and will facilitate achieving common goals.

“Relationships are at the core of CPSI’s new way of doing business,” says Hugh MacLeod, CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.  “We are committed to working in collaboration with other health organizations such as the CNA to make healthcare safer —this new partnership agreement demonstrates our commitment to transform and jointly realize a new patient safety vision for the Canadian health system.” 

“This partnership agreement reinforces the vision and mission of the Canadian Nurses Association and enhances the registered nurses role in patient safety,” says Judith Shamian, President of the Canadian Nurses Association. “Promoting quality practice environments is a priority for the CNA and this partnership will help to reinforce the nursing perspective related to patient safety issues.”

Under the agreement, CPSI and the CNA will promote each other’s patient safety work such as Safer Healthcare Now! and the CNA’s Patient Safety Resource Guide.  They have also agreed to continue to collaborate on: medication reconciliation initiatives; research (and sources of funding) involving leading practices in nursing that have demonstrated a positive impact on patient safety;  national issues that have an impact on patient safety with other national organizations (such as national disclosure guidelines, quality work life and quality healthcare); and meet regularly to discuss national issues and opportunities for potential collaboration on health policy initiatives.

The two-year agreement will be reviewed in 2013.