Explore the website for the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative

 

1) Week 5: Patient Outcomes

This week’s graded discussion topic relates to the following Course Outcome (CO). 

CO5 Apply improvement methods, based on data from the outcomes of care processes, to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of healthcare. (PO 8)

 Review the story at the link below before posting to the discussion:

Rau, J. (2015). Half of nation’s hospitals fail again to escape Medicare’s readmission penalties. Kaiser Health News. Retrieved from http://khn.org/news/half-of-nations-hospitals-fail-again-to-escape-medicares-readmission-penalties/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

After you have finished, consider how you would respond to the following situation:

Your local hospital has received notice from CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) regarding their readmission rates.

As a BSN prepared nurse, you have been asked to serve as a consultant to suggest a new Quality (Performance) Improvement process for ONE of the areas of deficiency. Write some brief steps (suggestions) for improvement as you contemplate accepting the consulting opportunity.

Share practice improvements utilized from your own clinical nursing experiences that have led to enhanced patient outcomes.

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2) Week 5: Core Competencies for Nurses

This week’s graded discussion topic relates to the following Course Outcome (CO). 

CO8 Selects evidence for best practice when planning professional nursing care for individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. (PO 8)

 

Explore the website for the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative at http://www.qsen.org (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. How can the QSEN competencies for nurses be implemented into your workplace or professional nursing setting? If you are not currently employed as a nurse, consider a previous work setting that would have benefited from implementation of the QSEN competencies.

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