Nursing

Ask the expert: Identifying nursing indicators

Nurse Leader Insider, May 17, 2010

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This week, Laura Cook Harrington, RN, MHA, CPHQ, CHCQM, discusses how to identify nursing sensitive indicators and the role they play during the peer review process.

Q: How can I identify nursing indicators during a peer review process?

A: The peer review process creates an opportunity to select, classify, and then monitor individual nursing performance over time. The way this is done is by selecting performance-based indicators, classifying the indicator type, and then managing nurse performance when an outlier has been reached. But first, indicators have to be established. Selecting indicators based on nursing performance can be done by considering two key issues:

  1. Determine what types of indicator data may be required either by federal or state-based entities. These are the easiest to select because they are required indicators and you may already by collecting data sets.
  2. Identify what types of data can be collected on an individual nurse basis (i.e., some data sets may be nurse-relevant but you are not able to tag them to an individual.)

To read more on how to identify nursing sensitive indicators during the peer review process, click here.

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