Nursing

Inside scoop from our experts: National Database of Nursing Quality indicators

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, April 19, 2010

This week’s question on staff education comes from a discussion on JourneyTalk. Jane Fusilero, RN, MSN, MBA, CNAA, vice president and chief nursing officer with Metrohealth in Cleveland, provides some insight.

Q: I am looking at how to implement information in the National Database of Nursing Quality indicators (NDNQI) and how hospitals input it. I would love to see if any of you have any insight. Do you report your nursing hours to NDNQI and for the nursing report card act? How is your data collected?

A: We report our Nursing Hours per Patient Day to NDNQI. We use Quadramed as our Patient Classification System and that provides us the data to send to NDNQI.

Q: Do you classify the sitters in that data even if the sitter is providing care for the patient (but not the normal case load of a tech, 4-5 patients)?

A: We do include sitters only if that is all they do, so no other assignment.

Q: Are your nursing hours of general orientation, education, and meetings included in hours worked?

A: Classes, orientation, and meetings are not included in worked hours but in non-productive.

Editor's note: On JourneyTalk you can network with your peers, discuss the new manual, share your helpful tips, and get advice on how to meet the program's expectations. Become a member of JourneyTalk when you subscribe to HCPro's Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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