Tuesday, March 2, 2010

INQRI on the Road...

We're pleased to announce that two of our grantee teams will be presenting on their INQRI-funded projects at events this month:
  • Dr. Pat Noga will be presenting on her project, "Lessons Learned from State Roll-Out of the NQF Nursing Sensitive Measures" at the spring quarterly meeting of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives on March 12. Part of INQRI's first cohort, Dr. Noga's team evaluated two statewide implementations of the National Quality Forum's Nursing-Sensitive Measures created to provide hospitals and the public with comparative measures of nursing quality. The two statewide implementations represented a voluntary effort in Massachusetts hospitals and a government mandated effort in Maine hospitals.

  • Drs. Patti Hamilton and Gretchen Gemeinhardt will be presenting their project, "The Effect of Off-Peak Hospital Environments on Nurses' Work: an Institutional Ethnography" during the American College of Healthcare Executives 2010 Congress, March 22-25. Members of INQRI's third cohort, this project uses Institutional Ethnography (IE) to situate nursing in the center of an interdisciplinary approach to learn how and why off-peak work environments are different, and how they affect nurses' work and patient care. This project will provide researchers with insight into how to account for temporal variations in nurses' work environment when specifying causal models linking nursing care to patient outcomes. The project also will provide stakeholders with materials that help them identify, evaluate and anticipate effects of initiatives to improve efficiency, effectiveness, quality and cost on nursing care provided during off-peak periods.

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