Improving Quality of Health Care Services

Select one initiative used to improve quality and/or safety of health care. Summarize the initiative and provide your views on the effectiveness of this initiative and how it can be improved.
Write a 2- to 3-page paper using the following guidelines and evaluation criteria. Use a minimum of five 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 the 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 is the same as the title of the paper. This will be about 2-3 sentences. The last sentence in this paragraph is a sentence that begins “The purpose of this paper is to ¨. This paragraph is worth 20 points.

Use the following headings for the rest of the paper.

A quality and/or safety initiative – 20 points

Describe a quality and/or safety initiative currently being used in any health care setting. This will be a one-paragraph overview of the main points of the initiative.

Reasons for the initiative – 40 points

Discuss at least two reasons supporting why this initiative was developed. This will be one paragraph discussing each of the two reasons.

Strengths and limitations of the initiative – 40 points

Discuss one strength and one limitation of the initiative in having an impact on the quality or safety of health care. This will be one paragraph for the strength identified and one paragraph for the limitation.

Role of nursing – 20 points

Discuss a contribution that nursing could make to improving the effectiveness of this initiative. This will be one paragraph.