Quality Improvement Initiative

Discussion: Quality Improvement Initiative
Your organization has recently discovered there have been too frequent errors in
medication distribution. After launching an investigation in the matter, and
discovering the reasons for the errors, your organization is ready to launch a
quality improvement initiative. What might this initiative entail? What is
included, and how will it assist in eliminating these errors?

Quality Improvement Initiative

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The purpose of the Quality Improvement (QI) Plan is to provide a formal
ongoing process by which the organization and stakeholders utilize objective
measures to monitor and evaluate the quality of services—both clinical and
operational—provided to the patients. The QI Plan, which often addresses
general medical behavioral health and oral healthcare and services, defines and
facilitates a systematic approach to identify and pursue opportunities to improve
services and resolve identified problems (Health Resources and Services
Administration, 2011).
For this Discussion, review the Learning Resources. Then, reflect on how
adverse events impact your organization and/or nursing practice. Consider the
use of quality improvement initiative in the error rate, using scholarly articles to
analyze.
Reference:
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services
Administration. (2011). Developing and implementing a QI plan.
https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/quality/toolbox/508pdfs/developingqipla
n.pdf
To Prepare:
Review the Learning Resources for this week, and reflect on the types of quality
improvement (QI) initiatives that might be most relevant to your healthcare
organization or nursing practice.
Select a QI initiative, you are most familiar with, that has received support from
your senior leaders in your healthcare organization or nursing practice.
Consider how adverse events are handled in your healthcare organization or
nursing practice. Reflect on how this may impact the public—as well as the

internal—perspective on healthcare quality.
Find a scholarly article or one from the public press, published within the last 5
years, that recounts a serious error. Reflect on this error, and consider how it
may relate to your healthcare organization or nursing practice.
By Day 3 of Week 6
Post a brief explanation of the QI initiative you selected, and why. Be specific.
Explain how adverse events are handled in your healthcare organization or
nursing practice, including an explanation of how this may impact both public
and internal perspectives on healthcare quality. Then, briefly describe the error
rate from the article you selected, and explain how this may relate to your
healthcare organization or nursing practice. Be specific and provide examples.