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Patient safety and human factors: discover more

The pages within this resource on patient safety and human factors are regularly reviewed and updated as necessary, but there is a range of additional RCN resources that you can use to find out more and update yourself on this topic.

Looking for help with your searching skills?

An RCN Learning Zone area ‘How trustworthy is your information’ can help you in researching topics in support of your day-to-day work or studies. The learning is arranged around the RCN competences for information literacy and guides you through some of the issues and activities involved, including using information legally, inclusively and ethically and applying and communicating the results of your information search appropriately. Visit How trustworthy is your information (you will need your RCN membership number for access).

The RCN information literacy competences are intended to support the individual and the nursing team’s thinking about information required to inform activities of varying complexity. They are mapped to the Knowledge and Skills Framework – see Finding, using and managing information (PDF 1.4MB) - see how to access PDF files.

Looking for articles and books on this topic?

RCN library and heritage services

The RCN elibrary which can be accessed using your membership number provides:

  • ejournals – access to more than 1,000 full text journals via databases and an A-Z list. 
  • ebooks – these are searchable collections.
  • databases you can use to search for article references and some of them also include full text articles.
  • catalogue search – you can search for details of books and reports on patient safety held in the RCN libraries. RCN members may borrow in person or by post.

Each of these resources has a short online demo illustrating how to use them which you can access from the pages above.

There is also an RCN Learning Zone area which provides an overview of the RCN elibrary together with basic tips for searching and finding information – visit Using your RCN elibrary.

For further advice on using the resources and related queries use the virtual enquiry service.

Looking for courses and continuing professional development opportunities?

Keeping up-to-date?

RCN Quality and Safety eBulletin

Issued fortnightly and organised around key themes such as patient safety, quality improvement tools and techniques, patient focus, and eHealth, the eBulletin will keep you up to date with clinical governance news, developments, publications and events across the four UK countries. We aim to include information about new guidance, tools, patient experience and practice examples relating to patient safety.

For further information and to register to receive copies see RCN Quality and Safety eBulletin.

RCN Research and Development Co-ordinating Centre weekly e-bulletin

The RCN Research Bulletin aims to keep you posted with the very latest developments in the world of research and development. For further details and example issues see the fortnightly electronic bulletin.