Ma, C., Shang, J., & Bott, M. J. (2015). Linking unit collaboration and nursing leadership to nurse outcomes and quality of care. Journal of Nursing Administration, 45(9), 435â€“442. DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000229
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2014). 2014 clinical quality measures. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/2014_ClinicalQualityMeasures.html
Jean Watson states that â€œcaring is the essence of nursing.â€ Compassion, wisdom, loving kindness, caring, and knowledge, all concepts of Watsonâ€™s Caring Theory, are what nurses are all about. Watsonâ€™s Caring Theory incorporates arts and humanities as well as science.
Delivering the kind of care Watson describes hinges on nurses practicing to the fullest extent of their education and training and on their taking the lead to improve health care safety and quality and patient outcomes (2010). Think about how you incorporate science into your everyday practice. Right now, for example, you may use your understanding of pharmacotherapy when safely administering medications. In the future, do you see yourself applying your research expertise by collecting or using clinical data to improve patient outcomes at your place of work or in the larger community?
Post a 3-paragraph response (of at least 350 words) to one of the following options. Be sure to use evidence from the readings and include in-text citations. Utilize essay-level writing practice and skills, including the use of transitional material and organizational frames. Use the writing resources and the Assignment Rubric to develop your post.
Reflect on your readings from this week, and then address one of the following options:
According to Ma, Shang, & Bott (2015), it is critical that contemporary nurses have strong leadership and collaboration skills to improve health care. Reflect on the expertise that you expect to acquire with your education at Walden. Envision yourself taking the lead to improve patient care in your practice setting. Describe the knowledge and skillsneeded to achieve your professional goals.
Use the website, http://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/ , found in the Learning Resources to do the following:
- Provide a brief definition of quality indicators.
- Choose a particular indicator that either is being addressed or you would like to see addressed at your place of employment (or previous place of employment), and explain your reasons. Describe both the issue and your involvement in it. Alternatively, discuss your leadershipâ€™s role and your role in utilizing the indicator to improve health care.
Welcome to Part 2 of this assignment!
Nurses use Quality Indicators (QIs) for several purposes. QIs highlight potential quality concerns, identify areas that need further study and investigation, and track changes over time. Current Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) QIs include Prevention Quality Indicators, Inpatient Quality Indicators, Patient Safety Indicators, and Pediatric Quality Indicators (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, n.d.).
Identify and describe one QI. Think about the ways in which following and measuring this crucial health data improve effectiveness and efficiency in your nursing practice.
This assignment takes you back to the Walden Library. The Library is an invaluable resource for discovering nursing and health careâ€“related databases and professional articles. Continue to practice and refine your writing skills. Learn how to use APA in-text citations and references. Use the Grammarly programâ€”it is an invaluable writing tool to enhance your work.
- Draft a 2- to 3-page paper to describe your selected QI in general, and then describe how this QI has the potential to improve the quality, safety, and outcomes of your patients and their families.
- Describe the current data available and leadershipâ€™s goal for improvement.
- Draft a solution using 2 sources from professional and scholarly literature to support your proposal.