Inattentional Blindness: When You Just Didn’t See It - 0513-0000-17-210-H05-P

Inattentional Blindness: When You Just Didn’t See It

by Darlene Prickett, BSN, MPA, RN
(4.6 / 40 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy (1.00 Contact Hr)


Inattentional blindness is an interesting phenomenon that can have a profound influence on perception and decision-making. Inattentional blindness is as an occurrence that happens when one is concentrating on a main task so that one misses detecting an unanticipated object or change in one’s environment. The level of attention needed for a task or specific features of the unanticipated thing that could be overlooked influence the risk of inattentional blindness occurring.


The goal of this presentation is to describe the phenomenon of inattentional blindness for the healthcare team. Upon completion, learners will be able to:
  • Explain the phenomenon of inattentional blindness and its history.
  • Discuss how instances of inattentional blindness can occur in everyday healthcare practice.
  • Demonstrate use of observational, analytical, and critical thinking skills to evaluate changes in daily practice to avoid potential instances of inattentional blindness for the healthcare team.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, dietitians, health educators, nursing assistants, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, and physicians.
Pharmacists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 08/10/2017; Planned Expiration Date: 08/10/2020