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Website spotlight: Hospitals with outstanding nursing quality share 4 key traits

Nurse Leader Insider, February 7, 2011

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Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, February 1st, 2011

“Think globally, act locally” is a familiar idiom from the green movement, and it’s appropriate to apply when considering quality improvement initiatives at your healthcare organization.

Quality indicator dashboards for organizations are valuable benchmarking tools, but the interesting data analysis happens when you drill down to the unit level. You might discover that one unit has had fewer catheter-associated urinary tract infections than another unit with a similar patient population. Then it becomes a question of replicating success.

The American Nurses Association’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) collects nursing-related performance data from more than 1,700 hospitals at the unit-level. The data allow organizations to compare themselves to other nursing units either in their region or on the other side of the country. They can use the results to set benchmarks on various aspects of nursing care, patient outcomes, patient safety, and nurse satisfaction.

Editor's note: Read the rest of this free article by visiting Hospitals with outstanding nursing quality share 4 key traits found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.

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