Friday, November 12, 2010

Upcoming Webinar: Challenges Facing the Nursing Workforce

Next Wednesday, November 17, INQRI will host a conversation featuring INQRI grantees Nancy Dunton (National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators) and Patti Hamilton (Midwestern University) focused on challenges facing the nursing workforce.

The session will be held from 2pm - 3pm ET and will feature a question and answer period.

Click here to register.

Dr. Dunton was recently funded in collaboration with former INQRI grantee Susan Beck for the project, "Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Methods to Measure and Improve Pain Outcomes."  This project will disseminate and implement evidence-based approaches to measure and improve pain care and outcomes in a sample of 100 hospitals across the United States. The program is unique in forging a partnership with the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI). The research team will replicate the NDNQI data collection strategy for pressure ulcers and collect data regarding pain care and outcomes at the patient level across multiple hospitals and units on a given day. The team will finalize and implement a set of pain quality indicators (PQI) within the NDNQI based on their previous INQRI work to develop Pain Care Quality measures.

Dr. Hamilton and her team recently completed their INQRI project, "The Effect of Off-Peak Hospital Environments on Nurses' Work: an Institutional Ethnography."  This project used 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.  For more information, please visit their website.

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