The Role of Nurse Leaders in Quality and Patient Safety

    • Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
    • Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
    • Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other healthcare professionals, in redesigning healthcare in the United States.
    • Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.

    While each of these key messages is important, the last two stand out in light of the nurse executive’s role in promoting organizational quality and patient safety initiatives. These key messages speak to the need to transform the nursing profession in three crucial areas: practice, education, and leadership. They also highlight the need to collect meaningful real-time data on the healthcare workforce and quality indicators to inform planning for necessary changes to the nursing profession and the overall healthcare system.



    Quality Defined
    Quality is defined in a variety of ways: a peculiar and essential character; an inherent feature; and a distinguishing attribute (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Other definitions include: a degree of excellence (Dictionary.com), the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind (Oxford), or a state of being free of deficits, defects and variations of any kind (BusinessDictionary.com). As healthcare focuses on an increasing number of safety initiatives, nurse leaders are key to successful outcomes. But how are these quality initiatives and outcomes defined? How do we best align quality and patient safety? With a myriad of healthcare professionals at the table, nurse leaders must have the skills to set the table for success.
    Last edit by traumaRUs on May 28
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  2. by   jrt4
    Quality standards and outcomes are typically driven by CMS. There are certainly other standards of care that are defined by healthcare accreditation such as the joint commission and specialty specific accreditation. In order for nursing to have a seat at the table we must have highly developed leaders at a minimum masters prepared. There is a debate about whether BSN prepared should be entry level into nursing. While I understand the concept I don't think this is the right way to go at this time given our shortage of nurses. We should be focusing on transitioning the traditional ADN programs into BSN programs and supporting ADN nurses to complete their BSN through bridge programs.

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