Creating a Culture of Safety Excellence

October 30, 2018



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Target Audience

Open to all interested health professionals. 


A strong safety culture has the single greatest impact on injury reduction and promotes:

  • Safety
  • Employee confidence and retention
  • Organizational behaviors
  • Productivity

When an organization implements an effective safety culture, all employees work together to ensure that unsafe conditions are corrected and unsafe acts are not tolerated. The ultimate creation and success of a cultural safety process depends on leadership commitment and support as well as engaged employees. These factors help to bring about the safety culture “product,” which is that observable degree of effort to which all organizational members direct their attention to improving safety on a daily basis. 

This presentation will stress the importance of viewing safety as an organizational value and will discuss the seven fundamental principles necessary for achieving a culture of safety excellence. 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of viewing employee safety as an organizational value.
  • Differentiate between traditional vs. cultural safety strategies.
  • Define the safety excellence continuum.
  • Discuss the seven principles necessary for implementing a cultural safety process.


Karyn Price, ARM, CHSP
Senior Risk Consultant, Risk Control

Karyn has worked in healthcare safety and risk control for more than 20 years. Her primary focus is providing loss control service to assist customers in the implementation of a results oriented safety management and injury prevention process which positively impacts operational performance and the bottom line.

Her experience includes training all organizational levels on safety leadership, assisting clients to proactively manage a safety management process designed to create a culture of safety excellence. Additionally, Karyn provides services in the areas of behavior and performance based safety, as well as employee engagement and ownership of the safety process. She also has extensive experience with leading customers through the process of implementing a safe patient transfer process. This includes training safe patient committee members and caregivers to recognize and control potential hazards that increase the risk of employee and patient injury.

In addition to her role with Coverys, Karyn has held management positions in several acute and long-term care organizations where she worked with leadership to successfully create cultures in which safety was recognized as a solid contributor to the value chain of the organization. 

Karyn has a Bachelor of Elective Studies degree from St. Cloud State University and an associate degree in risk management from the Insurance Institute of America. She is a certified healthcare safety consultant, a holds a certificate in Organizational Development and the designation of Just Culture Champion.


Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individuals have no conflict of interests with commercial interest companies to disclose.

  • Karyn Price, ARM, CHSP, Speaker
  • Michelle Dekker, CMP, Planning Committee Member
  • Kara Bylund, Planning Committee Member
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/30/2018 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
10/30/2018 - 1:00pm CDT
United States

Continuing Education Credit

  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Iowa Medical Society Foundation. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other Health Professional: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Educational Grants

No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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