What is a QA nurse?

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Can anyone tell me what a QA nurse is?

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In our hospital there are several QA nurses - one deals with JCAHO and accreditation issues, one deals with utlization review - how the hospital admits patients per insurance qualifications. Then there are other QA nurses that check into oversights. I think I would get a job description if you are looking into this.


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QA stands for Quality Assurance. QA nurses oversee and ensure that facilities comply with various regulatory requirements. They may also review incident reports, perform root cause analysis to determine how/why the incident occured (was it a system failure, process failure, etc.). They will then work on a solution to rectify the problem. They may also work in credentialing where they are responsible for researching the credentials of physicians, nurses, therapists and any other staff position that requires a license or certification. They review patient and staff safety issues as well as develop and implement policies to ensure safety within the facility. They may research complaints and/or concerns of patients and staff. They might develop and implement programs to increase quality of care, and measure the outcomes of these programs over time.

okay, sooo not for me. thanks for the help.

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