Specialty Scholar Tracts - Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement

Acts as a role model for other staff by championing nursing quality improvement initiatives, leading Plan/Do/Check/Act (PDCA) quality teams and being a conduit of information on quality care processes and information.

Clinical Practice

  • Identifies clinical area for improvement (eg. pressure ulcers, falls, pain management, HCAHP scores)
  • Leads unit-based team to meet or exceed quality standards using PDCA tools

Education

  • Disseminates information about nursing quality through, for example, unit in-services, journal articles, and dissemination of quality reports
  • Attends one nursing quality related educational program per year (beyond quality core) to enhance self-knowledge.

Shared Governance

  • Promotes collaboration with interdisciplinary team on nursing quality initiatives
  • Engages other CARE program nurses (clinical scholars, resources, and fellows) as team members
  • Promotes awareness of National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) results

Research

  • Conducts literature review to assure current standards reflect the best available evidence

Resources

Institute for Health Care Improvement
http://www.ihi.org

National Association for Health Care Quality
http://www.nahq.org/

Hospital Engagement Network
http://www.hret-hen.org/