Don't Miss Out on Nurse-Led Quality Initiatives
There are lots of reasons that it makes sense for hospitals to align themselves with nursing schools. For one thing, it's a way for schools to funnel new grads right into their careers and for hospitals to save on nurse recruitment efforts.
For another, hospitals get a chance to instill current, real-world learning and values into the next generation of nurses.
But a study shows that there's yet another reason for hospitals to work with nurses before they're even out of school: To educate them about and get them ready to participate in hospital quality improvement (QI) efforts.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality and is part of the RN Work Project, finds that nurses who are early in their careers need to step up their game when it comes to getting involved in hospital QI efforts. Despite the value of nurse-led quality improvement efforts, too few are involved. And the number of participants is not growing.
That's a major missed opportunity for hospitals, considering the positive affect nurse-led QI efforts can have on organizations.
- Surgical Checklists Unused in 10% of Hospitals, CMS Data Shows
- Doctors Feel Pressure to Accept Risk-based Reimbursement
- Roundtable: To Arrest HAIs, Culture Trumps Campaigns
- Wanted: Nurse PhDs
- 4 Tectonic Shifts Shaking Up Healthcare
- Slideshow: Healthcare Leaders Name IT Spending Priorities
- A Fresh Look at End-of-Life Care
- 3 in 4 Patients Want E-mail Consultations
- New Orleans East Hospital opens quietly, still seeking accreditation
- CVS Ramps Up Retail Clinics with Provider Affiliations