Driven with Stanford Health Care’s commitment to patient centered care, the Professional Practice & Clinical Improvement department is actively involved in safety and quality improvement initiatives focused on measuring and improving patient outcomes across the organization. The team prioritizes quality improvement initiatives based on the positive impact the plan will have for patients and their families. In addition to meeting internal goals based on rigorous monitoring and reporting and strictly adhering to regulatory laws that influence improvement priorities, the team also initiates quality improvement programs to meet external goals, including the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals and Magnet.
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Established in 2018, and affiliated with the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), the primary goal of the Center for Translational Nursing Science is to ensure alignment of current evidence and clinical practice by supporting a culture of inquiry where nurses continually examine their practice and identify opportunities where a review of the evidence would improve clinical outcomes. The Center ensures the availability of resources to promote the generation and synthesis of evidence to address opportunities for learning and growth and provides a platform for disseminating evidence throughout the organization and the profession as a whole.
In May 2019, the Stanford Health Care Nursing Quality team were awarded the Integrated Strategic Planning (ISP) Star Award during the Stanford Medicine Integrated Strategic Planning Retreat celebrated across the enterprise. The award was granted in recognition of excellence demonstrated through Stanford’s three strategic initiatives: value focused, digitally driven, and uniquely Stanford. The Nursing Quality team were recognized for the consistent effort and oversight in the development and re-design of Epic nursing documentation, as well as documentation features that help support clinical decision making, improve usability and capture data for improvement efforts.
Additionally, the team provides support to front-line nurses in analyzing and visualizing clinical and performance data. This data was disseminated to clinical nurses through Shared Leadership Council, nursing educators, and nurse managers, as well as other leaders across the organization, for use in both performance and practice improvement. The team was also recognized for their role in serving as a connector to vital resources for nursing and ensuring that performance improvement efforts were aligned with Stanford Health Care’s strategic priorities.