Quality Improvement Initiative Evaluation

  • Deliver a 5–7-page analysis of an existing quality improvement  initiative at your workplace. The QI initiative you choose to analyze  should be related to specific disease, condition, or public health issue  of personal or professional interest to you.
    Too often, discussions about quality health care, care costs, and  outcome measures take place in isolation—each group talking among  themselves about results and enhancements. Because nurses are critical  to the delivery of high-quality, efficient health care, it is essential  that they develop the proficiency to review, evaluate performance  reports, and be able to effectively communicate outcome measures related  to quality initiatives. The nursing staff’s perspective and the need to  collaborate on quality care initiatives are fundamental to patient  safety and positive institutional health care outcomes.
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  • Toggle Drawer  Context
    The purpose of the report is to assess whether specific quality  indicators point to improved patient safety, quality of care, cost and  efficiency goals, and other desired metrics. Nurses and other health  professionals with specializations and/or interest in the condition,  disease, or the selected issue are your target audience.
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    As you prepare to complete this assessment, you may want to think  about other related issues to deepen your understanding or broaden your  viewpoint. You are encouraged to consider the questions below and  discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested  friend, or a member of your professional community. Note that these  questions are for your own development and exploration and do not need  to be completed or submitted as part of your assessment.
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    The resources provided here are optional. You may use other  resources of your choice to prepare for this assessment; however, you  will need to ensure that they are appropriate, credible, and valid. The Nursing Masters (MSN) Research Guide  can help direct your research, and the Supplemental Resources and  Research Resources, both linked from the left navigation menu in your  courseroom, provide additional resources to help support you.
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  •  Assessment Instructions
    You have been asked to prepare and deliver an analysis of an  existing quality improvement initiative at your workplace. The QI  initiative you choose to analyze should be related to a specific  disease, condition, or public health issue of personal or professional  interest to you. The purpose of the report is to assess whether specific  quality indicators point to improved patient safety, quality of care,  cost and efficiency goals, and other desired metrics.
    Your target audience consists of nurses and other health  professionals with specializations or interest in your selected  condition, disease, or issue. In your report, you will define the  disease, analyze how the condition is managed, identify the core  performance measurements used to treat or manage the condition, and  evaluate the impact of the quality indicators on the health care  facility:
    Note: Remember, you can submit all, or a portion  of, your draft to Smarthinking for feedback, before you submit the final  version of your analysis for this assessment. However, be mindful of  the turnaround time for receiving feedback, if you plan on using this  free service.
    The numbered points below correspond to grading criteria in the  scoring guide. The bullets below each grading criterion further  delineate tasks to fulfill the assessment requirements. Be sure that  your Quality Improvement Initiative Evaluation addresses all of the  content below. You may also want to read the scoring guide to better  understand the performance levels that relate to each grading criterion.
  1. Analyze a current quality improvement initiative in a health care setting.
    • Evaluate a QI initiative and explain what prompted the  implementation. Detail problems that were not addressed and any issues  that arose from the initiative.
  2. Evaluate the success of a current quality improvement initiative through recognized benchmarks and outcome measures.
    • Analyze the benchmarks that were used to evaluate success.  Detail what was the most successful, as well as what outcome measures  are missing or could be added.
  3. Incorporate interprofessional perspectives related to initiative functionality and outcomes.
    • Integrate the perspectives of interprofessional team members  involved in the initiative. Detail who you talked to, their professions,  and the impact of their perspectives on your analysis.
  4. Recommend additional indicators and protocols to improve and expand quality outcomes of a quality initiative.
    • Recommend specific process or protocol changes as well as added technologies that would improve quality outcomes.
  5. Communicate evaluation and analysis in a professional and  effective manner, writing content clearly and logically with correct use  of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  6. Integrate relevant sources to support arguments, correctly formatting citations and references using current APA style.
  7. Submission Requirements
  • Length of submission: A minimum of five but no more than seven double-spaced, typed pages.
  • Number of references: Cite a minimum of four sources (no older  than seven years, unless seminal work) of scholarly peer reviewed or  professional evidence that support your interpretation and analysis.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting.
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