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Web site spotlight: Nurse leaders should champion peer review

Nurse Leader Insider, February 15, 2010

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Physicians have been doing it for decades, but nursing has been slow to adopt peer review as a quality of care imperative. To avoid being left behind, it's time nurse leaders added peer review to their strategic plans.

Nursing peer review operates similarly to physician peer review. Following a quality of care issue, the incident is reviewed by a committee of nursing peers to determine the reasons behind the incident and whether anything can be learned from it. This is different from root cause analysis, which is multidisciplinary, much more involved, and usually occurs after an untoward patient outcome. Nursing peer review is nurses' version of ongoing individual performance evaluation and the process often identifies system failures.

Editor’s note: To read the rest of this article, visit Nurse leaders should champion peer review found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.

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