Discussion: Nursing Hospital Compare Research
Discussion: Nursing Hospital Compare Research
Please refer to LARKIN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (33186) AND WEST KENDAL BAPTIST HOSPITAL (33186) for compare project.
1.Assess the quality ranking of two hospitals in your area.
2.Evaluate the connections between quality rankings and patient outcomes
3.Analyze a quality improvement strategy based on evidence
This assignment will familiarize capstone students with quality ranking systems currently in use for hospitals and the measures that are used to determine quality.
Access the Hospital Compare website at https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/, and enter your home zip code in the search box. Select two hospitals to compare, preferably with different star ratings. If you are currently employed at a hospital, select your workplace for one of the locations. Review information under all tabs.
Select one outcome quality measure focused on a change in health status (i.e. 30-day death rates), one process quality measure focused on the steps of a process (i.e. Patients who reported that staff “always” explained about medicines before giving them) and one patient satisfaction measure ( i.e. Patients who reported YES, they would definitely recommend the hospital).
Compare and contrast the two hospitals based on these three measures. Based on your knowledge of local needs, concerns and preferences select ONE of these measures that you believe would be the most important the local community.
Research peer-reviewed nursing or hospital administration journals for strategies that has been utilized to improve quality related to the ONE selected measure. For instance, if you selected a patient satisfaction measure, you can research strategies for improving satisfaction in any hospital unit or service. Select one strategy that you feel would be most effective. Analyze the strategy, for this hospital in its community for the following:
Stakeholders (a person with an interest or concern in the measure; those who are critical for change to occur). Individuals should be identified by general job titles and not named
Create a 6-8 slide PowerPoint presentation Include the following in the PowerPoint:
Introduction: Community demographics, data on hospitals selected (i.e. Size, trauma designation, urban/rural location)
Selected measure: Outline the quality measure that you select as most important to the local community, and the hospital selected to implement it. Provide your rationale
Research: Present strategy and analyze for
Consider your preceptor to be the Director of Nursing for the selected hospital. Present your review and evidence to your preceptor in a zoom meeting. Make the case for why the hospital should consider using the strategy. Determine which stakeholders should be included on a committee to decide if the strategy should be implemented.
To arrange the Zoom meeting: go to https://zoom.us/ and create an account (it is free). Download Zoom_Launcher.exe. Then go to “Host a meeting” with “Screen Share Only”. Schedule a new meeting. When the small pop-up box opens, schedule the meeting at the arranged time and date, and share the meeting ID with the preceptor.
It is the responsibility of the student to schedule a time with their preceptor for when the presentation can occur. All presentations should take place, and a copy of the presentation should be uploaded into the assignment drop box before the due date. This practicum assignment is graded Pass/Fail. Students must receive at least 39 points to receive a passing grade.
Discussion: Nursing Hospital Compare Research
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The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
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One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
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APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
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Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
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