Nursing

Ask the expert: Engaging nurses in quality improvement

Nurse Leader Insider, June 28, 2010

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This week, Cynthia Barnard, MBA, MSJS, CPHQ, discusses quality improvement and ways to engage nurses in QI initiatives.

Q. How can I engage the nurses on my unit in quality improvement initiatives?

A: Improving nursing-sensitive indicators or organizational indicators with a nursing component requires participation of direct-care bedside nurses. Quality improvement (QI) programs designed by organizational-level experts to improve patient care and driven down from the top will not succeed without buy-in from staff members closest to the patient. It is critical that nurses at the bedside are engaged in QI, carrying out the bundles, protocols, and other processes designed to improve quality and safety. Yet getting direct-care nurses involved in QI is difficult in many hospitals, as bedside nurses complain they are already too busy, they do not have enough staff members to carry out complex QI processes, or they do not feel QI is in the scope of the nursing practice.

To read additional ways on how to engage nurses in quality improvement initiatives, click here.

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