As Dr. Rempher and Ms. Manna discussed this week, data from the NDNQI is used to improve nursing practices and support the strategic outcomes of an organization. This data is also used to create the Dashboard. The Dashboard, then, is used to create an action plan.
Correctly interpreting information presented on the Dashboard provides nurses with a better understanding of the goals of the action plan. This week, use the Dashboard, linked here and posted in Doc Sharing, to interpret the data and frame a nursing plan based on best practices.
For this Application assignment, review the quarterly Dashboard provided in the online classroom (and in Doc Sharing) which contains a variety of clinical and administrative indicators. Write a 3- to 4-page paper analyzing areas where there is good performance and areas of opportunity. Then, select one area that needs improvement and develop a nursing action plan based on best practices. Use the following guidelines and evaluation criteria and the headings below for each section. Use a minimum of three references from the professional nursing literature in the assigned course readings and other references in the Walden Library. If they are relevant, you may use one or two professional Web sites in addition to the literature references.
Begin this paper with a brief paragraph that provides an overview of the assignment and its purpose. There is no separate heading for this paragraph; the heading for this paragraph is the same as the title of the paper. This paragraph will be about 2-3 sentences. The last sentence in this paragraph is a sentence that begins “The purpose of this paper is to¨.
•Analysis of the data –
Describe the area of performance you selected that needs improvement. Discuss the findings and why you selected that area. This section is 1 paragraph.
•Nursing plan –
Outline your suggestions for how to improve performance on the selected indicator. Include a minimum of three best practices that could be implemented. Discuss how each best practice could address the selected performance. Support each selected best practice with references from the professional literature. This section is 4-5 paragraphs.
End the paper with a one-paragraph summary of the main points of the paper.
Proofread the paper as described in the tips for success in this course and correct any typos, grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, or APA format errors.