Prepare an 8-10 page data analysis and quality improvement initiative proposal based on a health issue of interest. Include internal and external benchmark data, evidence-based recommendations to improve health care quality and safety, and communication strategies to gain buy-in from all interprofessional team members responsible for implementing the initiative.
Health care providers are perpetually striving to improve care quality and patient safety. To accomplish enhanced care, outcomes need to be measured. Next, data measures must be validated. Measurement and validation of information support performance improvement. Health care providers must focus attention on evidence-based best practices to improve patient outcomes.
Health informatics, along with new and improved technologies and procedures, are at the core of all quality improvement initiatives. Data analysis begins with provider documentation, researched process improvement models, and recognized quality benchmarks. All of these items work together to improve patient outcomes. Professional nurses must be able to interpret and communicate dashboard information that displays critical care metrics and outcomes along with data collected from the care delivery process.
For this assessment, use your current role or assume a role you hope to have. You will develop a quality improvement (QI) initiative proposal based on a health issue of professional interest. To create this proposal, analyze a health care facility’s dashboard metrics and external benchmark data. Include evidence-based recommendations to improve health care quality and safety relating to your selected issue. Successful QI initiatives depend on the support of nursing staff and other members of the interprofessional team. As a result, a key aspect of your proposal will be the communication strategies you plan to use to get buy-in from these team members.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria:
To develop the QI initiative proposal required for this assessment, you must analyze a health care facility’s dashboard metrics. Choose Option 1 or 2 according to your ability to access dashboard metrics for a QI initiative proposal.
If you have access to dashboard metrics related to a QI initiative proposal of interest to you, complete the following:
If you do not have access to a dashboard or metrics related to a QI initiative proposal:
Use your current role or assume a role you would like to have. Choose a quality improvement initiative of professional interest to you. Your current organization is probably working on quality improvement initiatives that can be evaluated, so consider starting there.
To develop your proposal you will:
Remember, your initiative’s success depends on the interprofessional team’s commitment to the QI initiative. Think carefully about these stakeholders and how you plan to include them in the process, as they will help you develop and implement ideas and sustain outcomes. Also, remember how important external stakeholders, such as patients and other health care delivery organizations, are to the process. As you are preparing this assessment, consider carefully the communication strategies you will employ to include the perspectives of all internal and external stakeholders in your proposal.
The following numbered points 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 proposal addresses all of the content below. You may also want to read the scoring guide to better understand the performance levels related to each grading criterion.
Example Assessment: Refer to QI Initiative Proposal Exemplar [PDF] for an idea of what an assessment given a proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like.
1. Analyze data to identify a health care issue or area of concern.
Passing Grade: Analyzes data to identify a health care issue or area of concern; evaluates data quality.
2. Develop a QI initiative proposal based on a selected health issue and supporting data analysis.
Passing Grade: Develops a QI initiative proposal based on a selected health issue and supporting data analysis. Proposal identifies knowledge gaps, unknowns, missing information, unanswered questions, or areas of uncertainty where further information could improve the proposal.
3. Communicate QI initiative proposal, based on interdisciplinary team input, to improve patient safety and quality outcomes and work-life quality.
Passing Grade: Communicates QI initiative proposal, based on interdisciplinary team input, to improve patient safety and quality outcomes and work-life quality. Identifies assumptions on which the inputs are based.
4. Integrate relevant sources to support arguments, correctly formatting citations and references using APA style.
Passing Grade: Thoroughly integrates relevant sources to support arguments using error-free APA style and formatting in citations and references.
5. Determine evidence-based communication strategies to promote quality improvement of interprofessional care.
Passing Grade: Determines multiple evidence-based communication strategies to promote quality improvement of interprofessional care.
6. Communicate QI initiative proposal in a professional, effective manner, writing clearly and logically, with correct use of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Passing Grade: Communicates QI initiative proposal in a professional, effective manner, writing content clearly and logically, with error-free use of grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Proposal includes multiple specifics, examples, and references to current scholarly and/or authoritative sources.
7. Determine whether any adverse event or near-miss data must be factored in to outcomes and recommendations.
Passing Grade: Determines whether any adverse event or near-miss data must be factored in to outcomes and recommendations. Specifies the criteria by which the determination is made.
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