How NDNQI Motivates Nurses & Improves Patient Outcomes

With the increased focus on healthcare costs and publicly available information about healthcare facilties, educated consumers are gaining control over the quality of care they receive. Participating in quality care programs and gaining recognition for superior care is becoming a top priority for leading facilities in the nation. From the patient's point of view, quality care standards are set when they meet the nurse as the nurse is the first and last person to care for them.

The National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® provides healthcare facilities with important comparative nursing data between providers with a goal to improve quality care and patient safety. Participating facilities can view the confidential data to interpret what award-winning nursing teams are doing to improve their quality scores.

NDNQI is the only nation-wide nurse quality measurement tool and it establishes a standard for nursing quality and through data, shows nurse leaders where improvement is needed.

The data is specific enough that it has reports for each nursing unit within the member hospital and compares the scores to national averages and rankings. This allows the hospital to see how well they are really doing with a view from outside their walls and allows them to set attainable goals to reach scores of other hospitals.

When hospital leaders strategize for quality improvement, data is the key to making decisions. Being able to drill down on data to determine the root cause of an issue is a requirement. Having granular data allows them to have evidence based practice in caring for patient.

NDNQI collects data from participating facilities is specific areas including patient falls, pressure ulcers, infection rates and work environment. Data is compiled and hospitals are recognized for top performance based on positive outcomes and improvements.

Working on attaining excellent NDNQI scores means that the nursing staff has adopted quality care and safety into their working routine. When this becomes second nature to a nurse, the patient benefits by preventing complications and accidents. The results become clear to the nurses which improves the work envirnoment and culture of the nursing team.

1 out of every 4 hospitals in the United States have joined NDNQI to evaluate their nursing care. Participating facilities continues to grow as evidence based practice is becoming the norm and data from NDNQI provides evidence needed to justify improvements in nursing care.

In the end, this database is available to provide the tools for nurses to provide better care and outcomes to patients. Efficient and effective change in healthcare is dependent on reliable and comprehensive data. NDNQI is dedicated to supporting and expanding this program to enhance patient care not only through data, but also through educational modules to help facilities create and implement quality improvement plans of action.

by Linda Bright

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