Patient Safety Specialist

Children's Hospital Colorado

Job Description


Why Work at Children's....

Here, it’s different. Come join us.

Children's Hospital Colorado has defined and delivered pediatric healthcare excellence for more than 100 years.

Here, the nation’s brightest nurses, physicians, scientists, researchers, therapists, and care providers are creating the future of child health. With an optimist’s outlook, a trailblazing spirit, and a celebrated history, we’re making new strides every day.

We’ve been Magnet-designated four times by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and are consistently recognized among the best of the best pediatric hospitals with #1 rankings in Colorado and the region by U.S. News & World Report.

As a national leader in pediatric care, we serve children and families from all over the nation. Our System of Care includes four pediatric hospitals, 11 specialty care centers, 1,300+ outreach clinics and more than 10,000 healthcare professionals representing the full spectrum of pediatric care specialties.

Here, we know it takes all of us, every role, to deliver the best possible care to each child and family we treat.

That’s why we build our teams toward a foundation of equity in access, advancement, and opportunity. We know teams of individuals with different identities and backgrounds can nurture creativity and innovation. We know we can see, treat, and heal children better when our team reflects the diversity of our patient population. We strive to attract and retain diverse talent because we know a truly inclusive and equitable workforce will help us one day realize our most basic calling: to heal every child who comes through our doors.

A career at Children's Colorado will challenge you, inspire you, and motivate you to make a difference in the life of a child. Here, it’s different.

Job Overview

The Patient Safety Specialist is responsible for assisting in the management and coordination of the patient safety program. The Patient Safety Specialist will work with Patient Safety leadership, operational and medical leadership in analyzing the human, organizational, and system factors contributing to adverse events and work with them to identify and implement risk reduction strategies that promote patient safety.

Additional Information

Department Name: Patient Safety
Job Status: Full time, 40 hours per week
Shift:Monday to Friday business hours. Hybrid.


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or healthcare related field required.
  • Experience: Three (3) years of progressive experience in patient safety, human factors, error management, and/or cultural/organizational change. Equivalency: Master’s degree in Healthcare or Patient Safety can substitute for two (2) years of required experience.
  • Certification(s): None Licensure(s): Registered Nurse (RN) licensure required for BSN.

***This position may require a BLS certification from the American Heart Association. Click on the following link and enter your zip code to find an appropriate class near you. Please note BLS (CPR cards) from organizations other than American Heart Association, even if it says it is AHA approved, will not be accepted.***


No direct patient care.
An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the functions which the employee may be expected to perform.
1. Assists Patient Safety leadership in the management and coordination of the patient safety program.
2. Facilitate safety improvement initiatives as identified by patient safety leadership; trends in event reported data, issues identified in event reviews, as well as other internal and external priorities.
3. Facilitates cause analysis for serious safety events and other safety events as identified.
4. Facilitates risk assessment to proactively identify and mitigate risks to patient safety.
5. Serves as an internal consulting liaison and resource for patient safety improvement initiatives.
6. Assists in the development and implementation of methods to improve patient safety practices.
7. Assists in supporting and collaborating with the Accreditation Department to assure that expectations for continuous standards compliance are met.
8. Maintains knowledge of JCAHO, National Patient Safety Goals, and other regulatory and non-regulatory standards.
9. Assists in supporting and collaborating with the Risk Management Department in identifying, implementing, and evaluating risk reduction strategies.
10. Assists in supporting and collaborating with the Performance Improvement Department in the identification of improvement opportunities.

Other Information

Guidelines: Guidelines are generally numerous, well established, and directly applicable to the work assignment. Work assignment and desired results are explained by general oral or written instructions.
Complexity: Duties assigned are generally repetitive and restricted in scope but may be of substantial intricacy. Employee primarily applies standardized practices.
Decision Making: Decisions or recommendations on non-standardized situations are limited to relating organizational policies to specific cases. Brings non routine issues to supervisor. Problems that are not covered by guidelines or that are without precedent are taken up with the supervisor.
Communications: Contacts with team members, clients or the public where explanatory or interpretive information is exchanged, gathered, or presented and some degree of discretion and judgment are required within the parameters of the job function.
Supervision Received: Under normal supervision, within a standardized work situation, the employee performs duties common to the line of work without close supervision or detailed instruction. Work product is subject to continual review.

Physical Requirements

Ability to Perform Essential Functions of the Job

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  • Audio-Visual: Color Discrimination: Fair
  • Audio-Visual: Depth Perception: Fair
  • Audio-Visual: Far Vision: Good
  • Audio-Visual: Hearing: Good
  • Audio-Visual: Near Vision: Good
  • Motion: Bend: Up to 1/3 of time
  • Use of Hands/Feet: Both Hands: Precise Motor Function (Or Fine Manipulation)
  • Weight Lifted/Force Exerted: Up to 10 pounds: Up to 1/3 of time
  • Exposure: Exposure to noise/vibration: Occasional
  • Exposure: Exposure to chemicals: Occasional
  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Handles multiple priorities effectively.
  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Independent discretion/decision making.
  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Makes decisions under pressure.
  • Mental and Emotional Requirements: Manages stress appropriately.
  • Mental Stress: multi-tasking, meeting deadlines, prioritizing

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. Be aware that none of the questions are intended to imply illegal preferences or discrimination based on non-job-related information.


Salary Information

Annual Salary Range (Based on 40 hours worked per week): $74,870.78 to $112,306.17
Hourly Salary Range: $36.00 to $53.99

Benefits Information

Here, you matter. As a Children’s Hospital Colorado team member, you will receive a competitive pay and benefits package designed to take care of your needs that includes base pay, incentives, paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, company provided life and disability insurance, paid parental leave, 403b employer match (retirement savings), a robust wellness program, and access to professional development tools, including a best-in-class education benefit to help you advance your career.

As part of our Total Rewards package, Children's Colorado offers an annual employee bonus program that rewards eligible team members based on organizational performance. If organizational goals are met for the year, the bonus is paid out the following April.

Children’s Colorado delivers annual base pay increases to eligible team members based on their performance over the previous year.


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