Quality & Patient Safety

Nursing excellence program provides framework for patient safety initiatives

Patient Safety Monitor, June 1, 2010

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Engaged nurses who feel like they work in an organization that values their efforts and opinions have an incredibly positive effect on the quality of care patients receive. Studies have shown that organizational support for nursing leads to better quality of care, which can reduce mortality rates and improve rates for nursing-­sensitive indicators, such as patient falls, pressure ulcers, and central line infections.

For the past 17 years, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) has given healthcare facilities a framework around which to structure their nursing programs to achieve quality patient outcomes. Those facilities that have been designated as MRP organizations say that their hospitals have been able to take improvement in quality and patient safety to new levels. Even those facilities that have not yet been recognized but are in the application process for becoming an MRP hospital say the exercise has been a positive one.

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