CPPS Resource List

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The exam development process considered both current practice and relevant sources from the body of literature. The following resources were referred to and served as background information for the exam development process:

Journal Articles

Reason J. Human error: models and management​. The British Medical Journal. 2000;320:768.​

Leape LL, Berwick DM. Five Years After To Err Is Human: What Have We Learned?​Journal of the American Medical Association. May 18, 2005;293(19):2384-2390.

Leape LL, Berwick DM, Clancy C, et al. Transforming healthcare: a saf​ety imperative. BMJ Quality and Safety. ​December 2, 2009;18(6):424-428.

Vogelsmeier A, Scott-Cawiezell J, Miller B. ​Influencing Leadership Perceptions of Patient Safety Through Just Culture Training. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. October-December 2010​;25(4):288-2​​94. 

​​​When Things Go Wrong: Responding to Adverse Events​. A Consensus Statement of the Harvard Hospitals. Burlington, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors; March 2006.

Books and Monographs​

​Rasmussen J. The Definition of Human Error and a Taxonomy for Technical System D​esign. In:​ Rasmussen J, Duncan K, Leplat J, eds. Chichester​​: Wiley; 1987.

​Reason J. Human Error. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press; 1990.

Reason J. Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 1997:8.​

​Kohn LT, Corrigan JM, Donaldson MS, eds. Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, Institute of Medicine​. To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System.​
Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2000​.

Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century. Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2001.

Marx D. Patient Safety and the “Just Culture”: A Primer for Health Care Executives. New York, NY: Columbia University; 2001.

Youngberg ​B. The Patient Safety Handbook. 2n​d ed. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning; 2013.

Cohen MR. Medication Errors. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association; 2007.

Wachter R. Understanding Patient Safety. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional; 2007.

Studer Group. The Nurse Leader Handbook: The Art and Science of Nurse Leadership. Gulf Breeze, FL: Fire Starter Publishing; 2009:150.

Gawande A. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. New York: Metropolitan Books; 2009.

Guidelines and Recommendations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gu​idelines for the prevention of intra-vascular catheter related infections. Available at: ​​https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5110a1.htm​. Published August 9, 2002.

The Jo​int Commission. Patient Safety Systems Chapter, Sentinel Event Policy and RCA2​. Available at: https://www.jointcommission.org/sentinel_event.aspx. Published 2018.

The Joint Commission. Speak UP.™ ​​Available at: http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/UP_Poster.pdf​.

US Department of Veterans Affairs. VA National Center for Patient Safety. Available at: https://www.patientsafety.va.gov/​ Published March 29, 2018.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Patient Safety Primers. Available at: https://psnet.ahrq.gov/primers​ ​

Other Resources

The following are a compilation of other resources that have been identified as helpful or useful by CPPS candidates.


NPSF Webinar: Considering Becoming a Certified Professional in Patient Safety?
A complimentary overview of the CPPS credential - live webinar held on August 31, 2016.

Listen to the the MP3 audio file from the webinar below.​​​​​​​​
Click here to download the PDF presentation from the webinar. 

AMP Procedural Video for Candidates 

In this video you’ll learn everything you need to know about testing in the​ AMP Assessment Center network; from scheduling a testing appointment, to what to expect on test day.​​​