Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

School Name

Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences



Major Advisor

Dr. Nancy York

Second Advisor

Dr. Sherill Cronin



Patient safety in a hospital is the concern of all healthcare team members, whether the patient is in the facility for a few hours or a few days. Even though policies and procedures are in place to reduce the occurrence of errors during the course of a patient’s admission to the hospital, adverse outcomes may still occur. Errors and omissions in communication between team members have been identified as one of the leading reasons for injury to patients and organizations are searching for processes that can assist them in improving team communication. Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) is a government-sponsored program founded on the principles of Crew Resource Management (CRM), which is available free of charge. Over the last few years, hospitals across the nation have implemented TeamSTEPPS with varying results. In this work, a systematic literature review was conducted to evaluate the different approaches to TeamSTEPPS implementation within the hospital setting, along with respective outcomes.

Keywords: TeamSTEPPS, teamwork, team training, team communication

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