Quality and safety have long been recognized as the key attributes of effective healthcare service delivery. Previously, I defined quality to mean the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge (Mitchell, 2022). Safety, on the other hand, involves the prevention of harm to patients. This definition is based on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report that emphasizes the need for quality and safety to improve patient outcomes. The program assisted me to develop this definition because we were taught the definition and components of quality care. In my clinical areas, I learned the use of quality and safety approaches to improve patient outcomes. For example, I engaged in the prevention of infection by maintaining sterility and the use of prophylactic antibiotics to prevent postoperative infections.
The artifact that supports my definition is a paper I wrote in July about nursing quality indicators. In this paper, there was a discussion of the distinct nature of nursing quality indicators and how nurses can apply them to manage different patient scenarios. For example, I observed that registered nurse education/certification is a structural quality indicator that can ensure the provision of culturally competent care to improve desired health outcomes among patients.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) offers an online training program concerning quality and safety including certification. Upon successful completion of the program, the IHI certificate offered demonstrates that the nurse has been trained and can be relied upon to provide safe patient care. In my future role as a nurse, the IHI certificate can be an important tool in leading healthcare teams to provide and implement safe patient care practices.
Mitchell, P. (2022). Defining Patient Safety and Quality Care. [online] Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Available at: [Accessed 26 May 2023].
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