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July/September 2019 - Volume 34 - Issue 3

  • Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1057-3631
  • 1550-5065
  • 4 issues / year
  • 58/118
  • 1.191

A quiet environment promotes rest and healing but is often challenging to provide in a busy acute care setting. Nurses and other stakeholders developed a quiet time (QT) protocol that included nighttime and afternoon QT supported by rounding and scripting, dimming lights, lowering staff voices, offering a sleep menu at night, and replacing noisy wheels on carts. The QT protocol led to measurable improvements in quiet scores. Despite its high prevalence, malnutrition in hospitalized patients often goes unrecognized and undertreated. A hospital system improved nutrition care through a QI initiative: nurses screened patients on admission using the Malnutrition Screening Tool and initiated oral nutrition supplements for patients at risk. A review of the records of 20 697 adult patients documented benefits of this early initiation of nutrition therapy. The average time from admission to oral nutrition supplements was reduced by 20 hours (20.8%) and patients’ length of stay decreased. This is an open-access article: share with your colleagues in your agency and beyond.

Marilyn H. Oermann, Editor-in-Chief

Impact of a Nutrition-Focused Quality Improvement Intervention on Hospital Length of Stay

Siegel, Sharon; Fan, Linlin; Goldman, Amanda; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 34(3):203-209, July/September 2019.

Improving Patient and Caregiver New Medication Education Using an Innovative Teach-back Toolkit

Blended Facilitation as an Effective Implementation Strategy for Quality Improvement and Research in Nursing Homes

Pimentel, Camilla B.; Mills, Whitney L.; Palmer, Jennifer A.; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 34(3):210-216, July/September 2019.

Using Continuous Vital Sign Monitoring to Detect Early Deterioration in Adult Postoperative Inpatients

Sustaining Quality Improvement: Long-Term Reduction of Nonventilator Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia

Baker, Dian; Quinn, Barbara; Ewan, Victoria; More

Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 34(3):223-229, July/September 2019.

Quality Improvement Project to Manage Workplace Violence in Hospitals: Lessons Learned

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Watch our Videos on Writing Journal Articles on QI

This is the first video in our writing for publication series. The purpose of the manuscript and intended readers guide your selection of a journal for submission. Learn about directories of nursing and other journals and sending a query email.
This is the second video in our writing for publication series. Learn about the journal’s Information for Authors and why important, formats for writing different types of manuscripts, and reporting guidelines. The video will prepare you for writing papers about quality improvement and using the SQUIRE guidelines. References and tables/figures also are discussed.
​This is the final video in our writing for publication series. In this video you will get some additional tips on writing your manuscript and will learn about peer review and responding to reviewers’ comments. Other topics include authorship criteria, copyright, open access, and avoiding “predatory journals.”