Inside best practice: Improve outcomes with a plan

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, February 8, 2010

Medical staff involvement and leadership is crucial to the success of a facility’s performance improvement efforts. Representatives from other groups most affected by these healthcare-associated conditions (HAC) initiatives, such as unlicensed assistive personnel, should also be included as team members.

Performance improvement teams are most successful when they have a clear aim statement for what they are trying to achieve, key measures by which to assess for improvement, and a regular reporting structure where progress can be monitored. The HAC steering team provides a regular mechanism for progress reports and a way for the individual team leads to share lessons learned with one another and to combine efforts for tasks such as staff education. The project plan is an essential tool that serves as the steering team’s road map and can be instrumental in keeping the prevention initiative on track and the team moving forward.

Source: This excerpt is from the February 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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