NRS 415 Topic 5 DQ 2

NRS 415 Topic 5 DQ 2

Assessment Description

Discuss how professional nursing organizations support the field of nursing and how they advocate for nursing practice. Explain the value professional nursing organizations have in advocacy and activism related to patient care. Choose a professional nursing organization that relates to your specialty area of interest. Discuss how this organization keeps its members informed of health care changes and opportunities the organization provides for continuing education and professional development. 

Initial discussion question posts should be a minimum of 200 words and include at least two references cited using APA format. Responses to peers or faculty should be 100-150 words and include one reference. Refer to “RN-BSN Discussion Question Rubric” and “RN-BSN Participation Rubric,” located in Class Resources, to understand the expectations for initial discussion question posts and participation posts, respectively.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education

This assignment aligns to AACN Core Competency 9.3.


NRS 415 Summary of Current Course Content Knowledge

The CQI model for improvement is an approach “that seeks to reevaluate processes and improve outcomes for patients, families, and staff. It’s made up of three questions that drive the basis for the improvement:What are we trying to accomplish?How will we know that a change is an improvement?What changes can we make that will result in improvement? ” (Harkness & Pullen, 2019).One nursing practice issue that needs to be discussed and the CQI model could be utilized on would be fall prevention. I personally work on an orthopedic floor and I work with specifically hip, spine, knee, shoulder patients who are staying overnight post-operative. Because of this, everyone was a high fall risk and patients always had to be supervised with minimal independence when it came to ambulation. Although falls are inevitable, improvements can always be made and creative ideas can always be implemented to minimize fall risk in patients and promote quality patient care. At my work place we record or keep track of the number of falls we have per month, and changes that have been made since I began working has been gait belts that are kept in every room, quarterly training on how to guide someone to the floor safely when they faint or if they are in the bathroom when they faint, and high accountability for bed alarms and utilization of the alarm. We also do clinical ladder for nurses on quality improvement programs such as code blues, fall prevention, and hand hygiene. In regards to the CQI model, “through the iterative process, improvements are made, the effect of the improvements is measured, then the process is repeated until the desired outcome is achieved” (O’Donnell, 2023). It is interesting how the CQI model helps to build up an environment of high standards for nurses to adhere by and pursue when it comes to quality patient care and a culture of building up one another. Harkness, T. & Pullen, R. (2019). Quality improvement tools for nursing practice. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, 17 (3), 47-51. doi: 10.1097/01.NME.0000554602.68360.ed. 

O’Donnell, B. (2023, April 3). Continuous quality improvement. StatPearls – NCBI Bookshelf.