NR532 Week 8: Reflection

What specific knowledge of healthcare operational planning and management that you gained through this experience will be most important as you take on your future nurse executive role?

How will you use the concepts in this course to identify, guide and evaluate your final MSN practicum project?

Scholarly references to support your response are required.

Week 8: Introduction

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Welcome to Week 8!

This week, we will reflect on the last 7 weeks of the course and share and discuss the final assignment submission. Let’s get started!

Outcomes

1

Evaluate and develop organizational strategic plans (SP) in relation to patient safety, economic and quality outcomes of healthcare organizations and systems. (PO1)

Weekly Objectives

  • Analyze the quality of healthcare assignment.

3

Appraise the effects of strategies to reduce costs and improve the quality and safety of healthcare. (PO1 & PO4)

Weekly Objectives

  • Appraise the quality of healthcare assignment.

5

Synthesize and communicate research findings to promote quality improvement and safety in healthcare. (PO1 & PO4)

Weekly Objectives

  • Evaluate the quality of healthcare assignment.

Week 8: Reading

  • Due Sep 1 by 11:59pm
  • Points None

Required Article

Welding, N.M. (2011, Jan–Feb). Creating a nursing residency: Decrease turnover and increase clinical competence. Medsurg Nursing: Official Journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. 20(1), 37–40.

Week 8: Lesson

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Reflection

Introduction

As we begin this week’s lesson, we will reflect on the course content over the past 7 weeks, with a specific focus on quality, and share and discuss the quality of healthcare assignment you submitted last week. Your classmates will post their quality-of-healthcare assignments to gain your input and recommendations.

Quality of Healthcare

Over the past several weeks of the course, you have become familiar with various aspects of operational planning and management within healthcare. Managing the quality of a healthcare organization has become more challenging for leaders due to the various mandates from external influences such as accreditation agencies and The Joint Commission. Additional influences from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have caused healthcare agencies to shift their focus to continuous-quality-improvement initiatives on an ongoing basis (Roussel, Thomas, & Harris, 2016). Having specific measures in place to monitor designated outcome data can help direct and guide the nurse leader to focus on specific areas that may need additional attention within his or her area or the organization as a whole.

These data are also needed for reports to designated agencies such as the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI®), Medicare, or other agencies (American Nurses Association, 2013). NDNQI® is a repository for data about nursing-sensitive indicators collected and analyzed at the nursing unit level. It is voluntary, and an onsite liaison assists with the survey-administration process. Patient-satisfaction scores and other certain outcome data results can influence the desire of providers and staff to work for a facility or which agencies may wish to partner with the organization. In addition, consumers are savvy, and often research specific outcomes or other quality measures of an organization to determine if they would like to be patients within that facility.

All members of the organization should be involved in quality of care and should utilize any necessary or mandated tools to assist in ensuring quality patient outcomes. Healthcare errors are a serious threat to the quality of care within an organization (Marquis & Huston, 2017).

Quality of Healthcare Assignment

Last week, you completed the quality-of-healthcare assignment, which focused on ways the nurse leader can influence the quality of health within an organization.

Reflection

This week, we reflected on some of the course content over the past several weeks, specifically sharing and discussing the quality of healthcare assignment and providing feedback to peers. The nurse leader role is vital to the planning and operation of healthcare organizations and leads the nursing team to influence and make a difference in the quality of healthcare.

References

American Nurses Association (2013). National database of nursing quality indicators. Retrieved from http://www.nursingworld.org/Research-Toolkit/NDNQI

Marquis, B.L. & Huston, C.J. (2017). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application (9th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Roussel, L., Thomas, P., Harris, J. (2016). Management and leadership for nurse administrators (7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

 
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