Speak-Up for Patient Safety

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Lecture Overview

Sometimes, healthcare workers feel that they do not have the right to express their opinions on things they see in the medical field, which may result in patient harm. This session will look at the importance of speaking up for patient safety and will discuss ways to drive a change in culture.


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Adam Burston View profile
Dr Adam Burston [RN, MHlthServMgmt, PhD], is a lecturer in nursing and course coordinator for the Masters of Health Administration at the Australian Catholic University, Australia, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedicine. He is also a nurse researcher, Nursing Research and Practice Development Centre, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane. He was twice recipient of a Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence (2006 & 2008) during his postgraduate master's program and inaugural recipient of the University of Queensland School of Nursing and Midwifery PReST scholarship during his PhD candidature. Dr Burston is also a member of the Australian College of Nursing. Adam has an extensive and varied background in nursing, has co-authored book chapters on clinical nursing (pain, post-operative management, cardiac care, respiratory care), ethical decision making (in-press), and was invited by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing to co-author an online module on ethical behaviour. He has published research on moral distress in nursing and presented at international and local conferences on topics such as moral distress and using blended learning to support a transitional pedagogy. He has a particular interest in (psychosocial) workforce preparedness and workforce retention, with post-doctoral work continuing to explore the effects of moral distress on aged care workers in Australia. As an academic, he has a particular interest in undergraduate nursing education, specifically transition to university (commencing students), transition to clinical practice (completing students), healthcare ethics and interprofessional practice. He has been instrumental in the implementation of blended learning pedagogy targeted at engaging first-year undergraduate students and has also been active in supporting other academics to embrace this approach to teaching. Adam is also involved in community engagement activities with undergraduate students, providing health education, health resources, and direct health care to local communities in Siem Reap and Battambang, Cambodia.
CPD time35m
First Published19 July 2020
Updated18 July 2020
27 February 2025
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