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NRHL 5506 Quality Improvement & 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 healthcare environment, delivering quality care is paramount and building a culture of safety is a strategic goal for all healthcare organizations. As direct caregivers, nurses are in a key role to positively impact patient care. NRHL 5506 Quality Improvement and Safety in Healthcare systems explores the evolution of patient safety and how nurses can be effective change agents as part of the collaborative healthcare team.

You will identify continuous quality improvements and improvement of patient safety processes and apply them to healthcare 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 5506

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 healthcare quality and strategies for improving them using models of evaluation and process improvement.

NRHL 5506 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 Healthcare Organization Report Cards
  • High Reliability Organizations

Planning Your Time

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NRHL 5506, you will be able to:

  • Analyze and apply patient safety goals and initiatives and analyze their impact on healthcare 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 healthcare.
  • Develop an understanding of healthcare quality and safety standards and the impact on nursing education or healthcare systems.
  • Develop and apply a prospective quality improvement plan and appropriate evaluation methods to promote safe, quality and cost effective patient centered care in healthcare systems.
  • Develop and apply an understanding of the impact of quality and safety in regards to High Reliability Organizations (HROs) in healthcare 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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To learn more about the online Master of Science in Nursing curriculum from Benedictine University, including Quality Improvement and Safety in Healthcare Organizations, call (866) 295-3104 to speak with a program manager or request more information.