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Early-Career Registered Nurses' Participation in Hospital Quality Improvement Activities

Djukic, Maja PhD, RN; Kovner, Christine T. PhD, RN, FAAN; Brewer, Carol S. PhD, RN, FAAN; Fatehi, Farida K. MS; Bernstein, Ilya BS, RN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31827c6c58

We surveyed 2 cohorts of early-career registered nurses from 15 states in the US, 2 years apart, to compare their reported participation in hospital quality improvement (QI) activities. We anticipated differences between the 2 cohorts because of the growth of several initiatives for engaging nurses in QI. There were no differences between the 2 cohorts across 14 measured activities, except for their reported use of appropriate strategies to improve hand-washing compliance to reduce nosocomial infection rates.

College of Nursing (Drs Djukic and Kovner), College of Dentistry (Ms Fatehi), and Langone Medical Center (Mr Bernstein), New York University, New York; and University at Buffalo School of Nursing (Dr Brewer), Buffalo, New York

Correspondence: Maja Djukic, PhD, RN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar (2012-2015), New York University College of Nursing, 726 Broadway, 10th Fl, New York, NY 10003 (

Funding was provided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Center for Regulatory Excellence and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The authors thank Nell Selander for editorial assistance.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted for Publication: November 5, 2012

Published online before print: November 27, 2012

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