Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to improving patient care
What is it?
Quality Improvement is reflecting on experiences that inform shortcomings and being willing to look at how a team or medical institution can progress. It is striving for goals and welcoming feedback from others in order to improve patient care.
Why is it important?
There are many patients and healthcare providers in search of the physicians and nurses who can meet their needs. With our rapidly evolving medical knowledge and practices, valuing and striving for improvement is integral to being a qualified and hireable employee. In addition, when Quality Improvement becomes part of a culture, it can boost employee morale; both staff and patients see that barriers to care they face each day are being addressed. Nurses play a significant part in overcoming these barriers, their contributions ranging from improving hand washing hygiene to reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia, etc.