Working Conditions: Nurses Creating Safe Systems for Nurses

| March 13, 2016

Working Conditions: Nurses Creating Safe Systems for Nurses
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A. Scholarly paper guidelines
a. Select a topic from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2008, August). Advances in patient safety: New directions and alternative approaches (08-00034-CD). On-line access http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/nurseshdbk/
Chosen topic: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
b. Choose from Section IV: Working conditions and the work environment for nurses (Articles 19 through 31)

Select any themed subject which is applicable to your work setting, area of interest, expertise, or specialty area.Articulate methods, tools, performance measures, culture of safety principles, and standards related to quality in this particular topic chosen.Demonstrate knowledge of continuous quality improvement as it relates to your chosen topic.

Nursing contributions to CQI
Nursing care of self (Dr. Watson caring theory)
Suggestions to include (but not all) only if applicable to your topic:

1. Include concepts of teamwork, interdisciplinary communication, human factors, basic safety, unsafe practices, and ethical principles.
2. Include Accountability for nurses, evidenced-based plans based on trend analysis, and quantify the impact on quality and safety.
3. Analyze information about quality initiatives recognizing individual s and inter-professional healthcare teams to improve health outcomes.
4. Discuss transparency, reporting of errors, cultural responsiveness, and safe, timely, effective efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care.
5. RN fit for duty/impact of fatigue and distractions in care environment on patient safety.
6. Explain effective communication and collaboration strategies which lead to healthy, safe interdisciplinary teams
7. Guided by Dr. Jean Watson’s (2012) theory of human caring science critically evaluate how caring can be integrated in all levels of Nursing practices

c. APA format with title and reference page
d. 5 pages in length not including the title and reference pages.
e. Cite 5 or more references using scholarly peer reviewed journals (see recommended journal’s list)
f. Textbooks approved as additional references
g. Be creative, reflective, express critical thinking
h. This is about you –Have Fun!

May include the following AACN MSN the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing:
Essential IV: Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice
Essential III: Quality Improvement and Safety
Essential II: Organizational and Systems Leadership
Essential VI: Health Policy and Advocacy
Essential VII: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
Essential VIII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health

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