ARTICLESAchieving Quality Improvement in the Nursing Home Influence of Nursing Leadership on Communication and TeamworkVogelsmeier, Amy PhD, RN; Scott-Cawiezell, Jill PhD, RN, FAANAuthor Information Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia (Dr Vogelsmeier); and College of Nursing, University of Iowa, Iowa City (Dr Scott-Cawiezell). Dr Vogelsmeier is a John A. Hartford Claire M. Fagin Postdoctoral Scholar. Correspondence: Amy Vogelsmeier, PhD, RN, S314 Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 ([email protected]). The study was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, grant 5 UCI S1428102 (secondary study). Accepted for publication: January 5, 2011 Journal of Nursing Care Quality: July/September 2011 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 236-242 doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31820e15c0 Buy Metrics Abstract Leadership, communication, and teamwork are essential elements of organizational capacity and are linked to organizational performance. How those organizations actually achieve improved performance, however, is not clearly understood. In this comparative case study, nursing leadership who facilitated open communication and teamwork achieved improvement while nursing leadership who impeded open communication and teamwork did not. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.