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General Course Information for NSG 445: Quality Improvement/Proj Mgmt

Course: NSG 445 - Quality Improvement/Proj Mgmt
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: This course introduces the concepts, techniques, strategies and metrics of quality improvement in nursing. Patient care quality and safety in the context of structure, process and outcomes in healthcare delivery are explored. Identification of improvement opportunities, action plan development and outcomes evaluation through use of project management strategies are addressed.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain methods by which quality improvement projects enhance patient safety
  • Employ the tools of process improvement theory to understand the meaning of different types of variation in clinical metrics
  • Use best evidence, measurement standards, and benchmarks to determine the stability of patient care systems, processes, and outcomes
  • Apply project management skills to plan a clinical quality improvement project
  • Explore common performance measures of nurse sensitive indicators that are used to monitor the quality of patient care
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (B.S.N.) ACCELERATED POST-BACHELOR DEGREE (California)
    • Apply best, current evidence into nursing practice to achieve desired outcomes.
    • Demonstrate professional identity by incorporating established standards of practice within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
    • Participate in the continuous improvement of nursing care quality and safety.
    • Provide safe, high quality, culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care for individuals across the life span in a variety of settings.
  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (B.S.N.) RN COMPLETION (California)
    • Apply best, current evidence into nursing practice to achieve desired outcomes.
    • Apply best, current evidence into nursing practice to achieve desired outcomes.
    • Apply best, current evidence into nursing practice to achieve desired outcomes.
    • Demonstrate professional identity by incorporating established standards of practice within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
    • Demonstrate professional identity by incorporating established standards of practice within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
    • Demonstrate professional identity by incorporating established standards of practice within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
    • Effectively communicate and collaborate with patients and the interdisciplinary team.
    • Effectively communicate and collaborate with patients and the interdisciplinary team.
    • Effectively communicate and collaborate with patients and the interdisciplinary team.
    • Participate in the continuous improvement of nursing care quality and safety.
    • Participate in the continuous improvement of nursing care quality and safety.
    • Participate in the continuous improvement of nursing care quality and safety.
    • Provide safe, high quality, culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care for individuals across the life span in a variety of settings.
    • Provide safe, high quality, culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care for individuals across the life span in a variety of settings.
    • Provide safe, high quality, culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care for individuals across the life span in a variety of settings.
  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING GENERIC ENTRY (B.S.N.)(California)
    • Apply best, current evidence into nursing practice to achieve desired outcomes.
    • Demonstrate professional identity by incorporating established standards of practice within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
    • Participate in the continuous improvement of nursing care quality and safety.
    • Provide safe, high quality, culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care for individuals across the life span in a variety of settings.
  • LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE TO BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (L.V.N.-TO-B.S.N.)(California)
    • Apply best, current evidence into nursing practice to achieve desired outcomes.
    • Demonstrate professional identity by incorporating established standards of practice within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
    • Participate in the continuous improvement of nursing care quality and safety.
    • Provide safe, high quality, culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care for individuals across the life span in a variety of settings.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

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  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures