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The Perinatal Safety Nurse: Exemplar of Transformational Leadership

Raab, Cheryl BSN, RNC; Palmer-Byfield, Renée MS, FNP, C-EFM

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September-October 2011 - Volume 36 - Issue 5 - p 280–287
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e31822631ec

There is increased attention to the issue of patient safety in the care of pregnant women and their infants. The Joint Commission has issued sentinel event alerts regarding infant and maternal morbidity and mortality. Hospitals and healthcare systems are implementing perinatal patient safety programs to minimize the risk of preventable patient harm. This article describes the role of the perinatal patient safety nurse as one aspect of a comprehensive initiative to promote patient safety for women who give birth. Nurses and organizations offering perinatal care are encouraged to incorporate the role of perinatal patient safety nurse in their patient safety efforts.

Safety Science has come to our specialties in nursing, and along with it the need for nurses who understand the intricacies of safety in the perinatal setting. The Perinatal Safety Nurse performs specific duties to increase the level of safety for our patients. Learn all about it here.

Cheryl Raab is a Perinatal Patient Safety Nurse at Yale—New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT. She can be reached via e-mail at

Renée Palmer-Byfield is an Obstetric Patient Safety Nurse, New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY.

The authors have disclosed that there are no financial relationships related to this article.

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