Inside best practice: Nurse-sensitive indicators

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, February 1, 2010

Organizations should be very clear about the quality improvement (QI) issues bedside nurses need to be concerned with, which are nurse-sensitive indicators. Nurses cannot affect system changes that involve multiple disciplines, but they can affect nurse-sensitive indicators.

Nurse managers’ roles are to follow the institutional and departmental QI/PI program. Data should be collected by experts at the departmental or institutional level. Some examples of data that can be collected are:


  • Quarterly skin pressure ulcer data by experts trained in skin evaluation
  • Fall data collected at the unit level by departmental experts who have access to incident reports
  • Pain data by pain resource nurses at the department level trained to audit pain reports
  • Infection surveillance by infection control specialists

Source: This excerpt is from the January issue of HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Don’t have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro’s Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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