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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Debra Hampton

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Julie Wolford

Committee Member

Dr. Pamela Missi

Committee Member

Dr. Kelly Johnson


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a lecture-based safety strategy training program on new nurses’ level of knowledge about how to reduce errors when providing patient care.

Conceptual Framework: Patricia Benner’s Novice to Expert model of knowledge and skill acquisition in nurses was the conceptual framework used for understanding how nurses acquire knowledge, skill and experience as well as their propensity for error at different stages of development.

Methods: This was a quasi-experimental pre-test, post-test assessment of the current lecture format. The instrument used was a survey that asked demographic, safety strategy knowledge, and nurse perception questions.

Results: Mean test scores reflective of knowledge of safety strategies increased following the lecture training but not to a significant level

Conclusion: The lecture format of this program may not be the best way to ensure that new nurses gain adequate knowledge of causes of errors or strategies to reduce them. As well, it may not be adequate to produce lasting culture change of the adoption of these strategies.