Web site spotlight: Nurse leaders should champion peer review

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, February 5, 2010

Physicians have been doing it for decades, but nursing has been slow to adopt peer review as a quality of care imperative. To avoid being left behind, it's time nurse leaders added peer review to their strategic plans.

Nursing peer review can identify other issues that relate to organizational performance improvement in two important ways. First, when looking at cases, you may uncover system issues that need to be addressed by the hospital's performance improvement program. Second, in evaluating individual nurse performance, you may find issues that relate to how care is provided by a specialty or by the entire staff. In these situations, nursing should use the hospital's performance improvement structure to best decide how the issue should be addressed.

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