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Sharable and Comparable Data for Nursing Management

Garcia, Amy MSN, RN; Caspers, Barbara MS, RN, PHN; Westra, Bonnie PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI; Pruinelli, Lisianne MSN, RN; Delaney, Connie PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000120
Original Articles

Nurse leaders and researchers are challenged by the need for sharable and comparable data on the nursing workforce and the processes of patient care. This is significant, as nursing is the largest health care workforce, with significant operational costs. The Nursing Management Minimum Data Set provides a core set of data elements to compare nursing practice across time, diverse health care settings, and geographical areas. Nursing leaders from practice, association, academic, consulting, and industry settings were interviewed to provide perspectives on how the use of standardized data sets can be useful for the profession.

Cerner Corporation, Kansas City (Ms Garcia); Barbara Caspers Associates, Greater Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota (Ms Caspers); and Center for Nursing Informatics (Dr Westra) and School of Nursing (Ms Pruinelli and Dr Delaney), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Correspondence: Amy Garcia, MSN, RN, Cerner Corporation, 12100 Westgate St, Overland Park, KS 66213 (

No funding was received for this work, which was done in preparation for the 2015 Big Data Science Conference at the University of Minnesota.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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