Hospital nurses play a central role in evaluating data to ensure patient safety and improve quality.
core measures, effective care measures, evidence-based practice standards, performance measurement, practice standards, quality improvement
This article describes the procedures for collecting and reporting hospital data, the limitations of effective care measures, and the central role nurses play in achieving quality improvement.
At the time this manuscript was written, Eileen A. Hemman was a quality consultant for clinical outcomes at Good Samaritan Hospital, MultiCare Healthcare System, in Puyallup, WA. Contact author: email@example.com. The author has declared no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise. The author would like to thank Kim Olive-Vrieze and Karen Goebel, who designed the dashboard used in this article.