Patient Safety Specialist

Patient Safety Specialist assists in the development and implementation of patient safety programs. Gathers data detailing patient-related errors and conducts analysis for management detailing the cause of the error. Being a Patient Safety Specialist recommends changes, policies, or programs that could prevent future errors. Gives presentations and training programs meant to increase awareness of patient safety initiatives. Additionally, Patient Safety Specialist tests patient-safety knowledge of employees and recommends changes to training programs. Requires a bachelor’s degree. Typically reports to a manager or head of a unit/department. The Patient Safety Specialist contributes to moderately complex aspects of a project. Work is generally independent and collaborative in nature. To be a Patient Safety Specialist typically requires 4 to 7 years of related experience.

Patient Safety Specialist Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Patient Safety Specialist to join our team.


  • Coordinate activities for use at the MTF during the annual National Patient Safety Week;
  • Assist with implementation of reliable systems to support evidence-based care to improve clinical outcomes and patient safety;
  • Evaluates performance through the utilization of statistical processes, control charts and databases;
  • Assesses the organization’s current patient safety culture and implements creative strategies to heighten this culture;
  • Participate in TeamSTEPPS training and/or provide teaching materials to the education department or the master trainers;
  • Ensures compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards for patient safety;
  • Prepare a monthly report for each MTF/clinic summarizing the activities of the PSP for the designated committees;
  • The Patient Safety Specialist is responsible for monitoring patient safety and quality outcomes;
  • Ensure patient safety event reports are entered and processed in the DoD PSR tool;
  • Provide education and training on patient safety topics within the MTF and the Branch Health Clinics;
  • Establishes time lines and priorities for projects; coordinates action plans; and monitors results that are consistent with the overall goals;
  • Prepare the MTF for internal and external reviews by conducting tracers and making rounds on the different units and clinics.


  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint & hospital adverse occurrence/risk management surveillance systems and mechanisms;
  • Experience with Human Factors and/or CPHQ, CPHRM, or Patient Safety Certification preferred;
  • BA/BS degree in a clinical discipline with three (3) years of experience in a clinical healthcare environment;
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Georgia strongly preferred, not required.