National hospital quality measures data: supporting nurses' key roles in organizational performance improvement.
ABSTRACT With the emergence of so many methodologies for generating comparison data and with the growing accountability demands from so many sectors (each, seemingly, with its own preferred comparative methodology), nurses and quality improvement professionals may feel as if they have many masters to serve. This article outlines the Maryland Hospital Association's Quality Indicator Project's approach to working with quality improvement professionals to build their understanding of comparative data and help them determine which data analysis tools best fit their reporting needs.
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ABSTRACT: We surveyed 2 cohorts of early-career registered nurses from 15 states in the US, 2 years apart, to compare their reported participation in hospital quality improvement (QI) activities. We anticipated differences between the 2 cohorts because of the growth of several initiatives for engaging nurses in QI. There were no differences between the 2 cohorts across 14 measured activities, except for their reported use of appropriate strategies to improve hand-washing compliance to reduce nosocomial infection rates.Journal of nursing care quality 11/2012; DOI:10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31827c6c58 · 1.09 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Nurse-sensitive indicator (NSI) performance is important for Magnet Designation and has financial reimbursement implications for health care organizations. In this article, we describe a centralized NSI management initiative to facilitate analysis and response to NSI performance measures. The initiative resulted in a 100% increase in performance improvement activity and a 4% increase in overall NSI performance. These outcomes support organizational efforts to optimize reimbursement and achieve Magnet designation.Journal of nursing care quality 12/2012; DOI:10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31827c6c80 · 1.09 Impact Factor