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National Institutes of Health guest speaker addresses 'root-cause analysis' with OT students
04-15-14

The guest lecture was offered April 14.
The guest lecture was offered April 14.

Misericordia University occupational therapy majors enrolled in the fifth-year management and fourth-year research classes recently received an overview on the world of patient safety during a guest lecture from Laura M. Lee, R.N., M.Sc., of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, Md.

Lee is the special assistant to the deputy director for clinical care, patient safety and clinical quality. She presented information on “root-cause analysis,’’ which emanates from the manufacturing and aerospace industries. In this approach, the health care worker is not blamed for medical errors. Instead, the health care system and process is the primary focus. Systems are analyzed to determine all possible risks and then appropriate changes are made in the system to lower the risk of future errors. The technique has proven to be successful in dealing with programs such as medical errors and disease transmission.
 
Misericordia University offers a five-year, entry-level master’s degree program in occupational therapy for students who are embarking on their collegiate careers and would like to become occupational therapists. MU also has a weekend program for people who already are certified occupational therapy assistants or who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than occupational therapy and would like to become qualified OTs. A post-professional pediatric certificate program for practicing OTs, as well as a post-professional master’s degree and doctoral program in OT also are available. 
 
For more information about the Department of Occupational Therapy at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/ot. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.
 
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Misericordia University occupational therapy majors received an overview on the world of patient safety during a guest lecture from Laura M. Lee, R.N., M.Sc., of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. OT students, from left, Christine Tietsworth, Hegins, Pa.; Julie Mikolaichik, Dallas, Pa.; Laura Lee, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center; Sarah Ickes, Center Valley, Pa., and Joanna Szeliga, Toms River, N.J., present Ms. Lee with a gift after the lecture.