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RNSG 2028 Nurse Leadership: Week 8

Before You start

Learning Objectives and Questions

The learning objectives for this assignment (what you should be able to do or know after completing the assignment) are listed below in bold text. For each objective in bold, there is an assignment below it that you will complete.

  1. Examine the current status of healthcare quality.
    • The Institute of Medicine reported To Err is Human in 1999. Research the report and discuss, look for any updates to the report. Has it made any difference in the quality of healthcare (explain)?
  2. Discuss the relevance of legislation and governmental and non-governmental initiatives and strategies to improve healthcare quality policy.
    • Search for more information on legislation, governmental, or nongovernment initiatives and describe current information and strategies recommended to improve healthcare quality policy.
  3. Examine workplace safety as a critical aspect of quality improvement.
    • Go online and review the OSHA and NIOSH websites for current information on workplace safety. Why is the issue a concern?
  4. Describe the role of nurses in continuous quality improvement and nursing initiatives to improve care.
    • Go to The Joint Commission accreditation website and discuss its relevance to quality improvement.

Hints to Help You Get Started

Question 1: Use the search skills that you have developed in weeks 4 and 6 to first find the original report from 1999 and then to search for updates to the report. You also may want to look for articles discussing the impact of the original report and current implications in GALILEO or the open web. Do not forget to use the CRAAP test on your sources (see below).

Question 2: For this question, you can use GALILEO or the open web to find examples of a legislation, governmental, or nongovernment initiatives.

You may want to limit to a specific date range to make sure the information is current and add the term “strategy or strategies” to the search to help limit it further.

Questions 3: The OSHA and NIOSH websites are on the right side of the page.

Question 4: The Joint Commission accreditation website is on the right side of the page.

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Suggested GALILEO Databases for Full Text Articles

Evaluating Sources Using the CRAAP Test

Anyone can publish information on the Internet.  Before using information you find on the Internet for assignments and research, it is important to judge its accuracy and to establish that the information comes from a reliable and appropriate source.

The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help you determine if a source is credible.  The acronym CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.

AONE Competencies

Nurse Manager Competencies

The Nurse Manager Competencies are based on the Nurse Manager Learning Domain Framework and capture the skills, knowledge and abilities that guide the practice of these nurse leaders. The successful nurse leader must gain expertise in all three domains: the science of managing the business; the art of leading the people; the leader within.