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January/March 2021 - Volume 36 - Issue 1

  • Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1057-3631
  • 1550-5065
  • 4 issues / year
  • 1.425

Nurse-sensitive quality indicators have been used historically as a metric of nursing care quality. Critically ill COVID-19 patients led to an increase in health care-associated infections (HAIs). Nursing performance improvement teams developed innovative strategies implemented in real time to address the elevated HAIs. A new COVID-19 CLABSI Tip Sheet and a Prone Positioning Kit were among the strategies developed for care of these patients. The practice strategies led to a decline in infections and a new care standard for patients with COVID-19. Other studies report on system-level improvements in work environments that lead to lower nurse burnout and higher patient satisfaction, the impact of a telephonic outreach program in improving heart failure outcomes within the community, a QI initiative to address bullying in the workplace, the outcomes of including family in ICU rounds, the use of an escape room to prepare nurses for improving care quality, and more.​

Marilyn H. Oermann, Editor-in-Chief

COVID-19 and Nurse-Sensitive Indicators: Using Performance Improvement Teams to Address Quality Indicators During a Pandemic

Stifter, Janet; Sermersheim, Emily; Ellsworth, Mary; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 36(1):1-6, January/March 2021.

COVID-19 and Nurse Sensitive Indicators: Using Performance Improvement Teams to Address Quality Indicators During a Pandemic

System-Level Improvements in Work Environments Lead to Lower Nurse Burnout and Higher Patient Satisfaction

Brooks Carthon, J. Margo; Hatfield, Linda; Brom, Heather; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 36(1):7-13, January/March 2021.

System-Level Improvements in Work Environments Lead to Lower Nurse Burnout and Higher Patient Satisfaction

Impact of a Telephonic Outreach Program on Patient Outcomes Within the Heart Failure Community

Hall, Esscence T.; Maduro, Ralitsa S.; Morgan, Merri K.; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 36(1):14-19, January/March 2021.

Impact of a Telephonic Outreach Program on Patient Outcomes within the Heart Failure Community

Challenges of Implementing the Choosing Wisely Guideline to Promote Sleep and Rest at Night for Hospitalized Patients

Graham, Kimberly; Ogbuji, Grace; Williams, Zainab; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 36(1):50-56, January/March 2021.

Challenges of Implementing the Choosing Wisely® Guideline to Promote Sleep and Rest at Night for Hospitalized Patients

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