NRHL 506 Quality Improvement and Safety in Health Care Systems

This is a foundational course requiring a minimum letter grade of “B”. Cross listed with NRHL 386.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks

In today's health care environment, delivering quality care is paramount and building a culture of safety is a strategic goal for all health care organizations. As direct caregivers, nurses are in a key role to positively impact patient care. NRHL 506 Quality Improvement and Safety in Health Care systems explores the evolution of patient safety and how nurses can be effective change agents as part of the collaborative health care team.

You will identify continuous quality improvements and improvement of patient safety processes and apply them to health care organizations. In addition, you will participate in the development of actual quality measures and explain how such measures could be used in a defined health or educational system.

What You’ll Learn in NRHL 506

In this course, you will learn how to apply principles of quality and regulatory management. You’ll analyze problems caused by the varying levels of health care quality and strategies for improving them using models of evaluation and process improvement.

NRHL 506 emphasizes the process of defining, measuring and evaluating outcomes within organizations and systems to empower students to become effective leaders and change agents.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Why Is Performance Improvement the "Big New Thing"?
  • Design and Measure Phases
  • Analyze Phase
  • Effective Interdisciplinary Communication and Collaboration
  • Improve and Control Phases
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Learning Modules
  • Public Health Care Organization Report Cards
  • High Reliability Organizations

Planning Your Time

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Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NRHL 506, you will be able to:

  • Analyze and apply patient safety goals and initiatives and analyze their impact on health care systems.
  • Examine actual or potential failures of basic safety principles in process or systems to promote an organizational culture of quality and safety.
  • Identify and apply effective use of technology and standardized practices, including analysis of errors and integration of accepted Evidence Based Practice, that supports safety and quality and improves patient outcomes.
  • Develop and promote an understanding of effective communication, collaboration and accountability within nursing and interprofessional teams to achieve quality and safe patient care.
  • Compare and apply principles of reliable quality improvement methods and tools for evaluation and process improvement in health care.
  • Develop an understanding of health care quality and safety standards and the impact on nursing education or health care systems.
  • Develop and apply a prospective quality improvement plan and appropriate evaluation methods to promote safe, quality and cost effective patient centered care in health care systems.
  • Develop and apply an understanding of the impact of quality and safety in regards to High Reliability Organizations (HROs) in health care to promote culturally sensitive, safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and cost effective patient centered care.

*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

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