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Continuous quality improvement (CQI) is the responsibility of all nurses and is vital when addressing the challenges of the health care industry. Provide an example of how you would apply CQI in your current or past position.

example #1 leyda

Nurses are responsible for continuous quality improvement (CQI) to ensure efficient and quality healthcare provision to patients in the community. Continuous quality improvement involves collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data helpful in improving healthcare services (Helbig, 2018). The process of continuous quality improvement allows hospitals to review outcomes, retrieve responses, and measure patient safety. Moreover, the process of continuous quality improvement in healthcare aims to improve health provision for the patients. In this connection, the process involves problem identification, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of strategies to ascertain effectiveness. In healthcare, maintaining a safe working environment, which implements strategies, methods, and solutions, is crucial to improving and maintaining better quality care (National Commission on Correctional Healthcare, 2019). Thus, continuous quality improvement seeks to enhance quality care provision, patient outcomes, and healthcare practices that improve the healthcare sector for both the working staff and patients.

Continuous quality improvement aims at making the systems and healthcare professionals better; therefore, to address the current and future healthcare challenges, the best quality improvement initiative I would undertake is lifelong learning. I will gain more experience and expertise in providing quality healthcare services to solve the ever-increasing patient issues through training and education. Nurses and other healthcare professionals need the expertise and critical thinking to make informed healthcare decisions; therefore, all providers should learn lifelong to acquire such skills (Curran et al., 2019). To improve my knowledge and expertise in this field, I will attend seminars, conferences, and workshops to meet colleagues with various healthcare provision ideas. The members learned new methods to handle patients’ cases by exchanging ideas and concepts.

References

Curran, V., Gustafson, D. L., Simmons, K., Lannon, H., Wang, C., Garmsiri, M., … & Wetsch, L. (2019). Adult learners’ perceptions of self-directed learning and digital technology usage in continuing professional education: An update for the digital age. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 25(1), 74-93.

https://doi.org/10.1177/1477971419827318

Helbig, J. (2018). Reengineering Health Care Management. In Nursing leadership and management: Leading and serving.

https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs451vn/nursing-leadership-and-management-leading-

and-serving/v1.1/#/chapter/5

National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (2019). Continuous Quality Improvement.

https://www.ncchc.org/spotlight-on-the-standards-24-

example #2 kendall

My Current position:

Med-Surg-Neurology focused RN at a city hospital in Madison,WI.

CQI is defined by its name: Continuous= on going Quality= the degree of excellence in something Improvement = makes something better. Trying to always make something better than it was.

In health care we are always striving for the opportunity to improve. That is where EBP comes into play. There is constant research going on by scholars of our field, done with the hopes to improve patient outcomes and/or care.

Example: Where I work, falls are a main focus. Every quarter throughout the hospital, every single fall is accounted for and is posted to the organization’s website. You can see exactly how many falls each floor had for that quarter. Falls are proven to negatively affect patient outcomes. Falls are proven to increase hospital spending. We have a quality improvement team for falls that meets and together comes up with ideas on how to prevent falls from happening. They share and pass out the information that they come up with on all floors of the hospital. So, what I do with my patients and on my floor is implement those strategies that have been proven to help prevent falls. We have patient’s wear red socks that have grippies on the bottoms, so patients do not slide on a slippery floor. We use gait belts when transferring patients. We put wrist bands on patients that says “Fall Risk” so anyone coming into the room can quickly see that the patient is a fall risk. We use video monitoring and bed checks to alert staff when patients are attempting to self-transfer.

  
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