Our Practicum Opportunities

We offer opportunities to students who are interested in learning more about healthcare quality and safety improvement. As a practicum site, graduate students in master’s level programs such as nursing, public health, healthcare administration, and others have the opportunity to participate in the development of our APSS documents and educational content, contribute to our patient-facing mobile app, PatientAider®, discuss and apply the key concepts of improvement science, and examine the core components of a non-profit patient safety organization. Experiences can be tailored to individual learning needs.

Why pick the Patient Safety Movement Foundation:

We’re Global

Our work impacts patient safety globally.

We’re Action-oriented

Our Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) help organizations across the healthcare continuum to create more reliable, person-centered systems, and include evidence-based best practice summaries, performance improvement plans, and educational content.

We Provide Free Products and Services

Our products and services – APSS Blueprints, APSS Education and APSS Coaching – are made freely available to anyone in a healthcare organization who can benefit from them. You can feel good by knowing that we’re breaking down financial barriers to patient safety improvement. We provide free virtual coaching to the healthcare organizations in our network who need assistance effectively implementing change, but who cannot afford to hire consultants to help. We work with leaders and their teams to assess their current state using process mapping and root cause analysis tools, prioritize goals, develop implementation plans, and evaluate outcomes. In exchange, we ask these organizations to share their learnings, experience, and recommendations across our network.

Our Students Go Far

Students who have worked with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation have gone on to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kaiser Permanente, Cigna, Adventist Health, DaVita, and more.

What type of student practicums do we support:

  • These opportunities are available to students worldwide. 
  • Students in master’s programs related to healthcare such as MPH, MHA, etc. are available. 
  • Students in doctoral practice programs such as DNP, DPT, DHA, PharmD, DPH, MD, etc. who are required to implement a performance improvement project to complete their degree can facilitate such projects through our virtual coaching program. Their work is overseen by Donna Prosser, DNP, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, BCPA, our Chief Clinical Officer.

If you work for a university or college that is interested in sharing this opportunity with your students, click the button below.

How do I apply for a practicum opportunity?

Interested students can apply on an individual basis if their school accepts the Patient Safety Movement Foundation as a practicum site.

If this program is of interest to you, please contact the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s team at education@patientsafetymovement.org.