Nursing Sensitive Indicators

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A. Discuss how an understanding of nursing-sensitive indicators could assist the nurses in this case in identifying issues that may interfere with patient care. Nursing-sensitive indicators are determinations used to delineate the excellence of nursing interventions and positive patient outcomes. This is not a new concept. In the 1800’s, Florence Nightingale, a promoter of outcomes, revealed such indicators when she revealed her statistical findings of soldier’s mortality rate associated to environmental conditions during the Crimean War (Fee & Garofalo, 2010). Over the past decades, various studies world-wide have been conducted on the connection of nursing quality indicators and their outcomes. The
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A non-kosher meal was served to this patient that he was not able to consume and to make matters worse; this incident was kept from the daughter intentionally. This is a clear indication that the staff did not care about the patient’s wants or needs. Patient satisfaction is a key component in delivering exceptional care among patients in the facility with which one is employed. Patient satisfaction is a major indicator of quality of care; this quality can be measured by correlating patient satisfaction with nursing care. Upon discharge, patients are mailed surveys or follow-up phone calls in regards to their satisfaction of overall care among nursing. Dissatisfied patients who voice their complaints ultimately affect the overall health care system in a negative light. Patient’s views and opinions of their health care system are extremely important to an institution’s continued success.
B. Analyze how hospital data on specific nursing-sensitive indicators (such as incidence of pressure ulcers and prevalence of restraints) could advance quality patient care throughout the hospital. Data on nursing indicators and outcomes are essential in measuring efforts to improve health care quality. Institutions need to know what works and what does not in regards to patient care and treatment. Without indicators, improvement of outcomes is unknown and quality of care would remain unchanged.


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