Quality Control

Overview

Create a poster for a presentation about a quality improvement (QI) project or plan that builds on the work you completed in the first two assessments. Include an abstract of 100–250 words about the QI plan and key information in your poster.

Note: Each assessment in this course builds on the work you completed in the previous assessment. Therefore, it is recommended that you complete the assessments in this course in the order in which they are presented.

The ability to propose and promote quality improvements in care is a vital skill for a master’s-prepared nurse. One aspect of this is understanding strategies for implementing best practice changes in a team, department, or care setting. Another is understanding how best practices can help lead to a continuous quality improvement cycle. Additionally, it is important to grasp how successful change strategies can be leveraged to help in the creation or implementation of clinical best practices. Part of this is considering the audience when proposing quality improvement projects or new best practices. Another part of this is being able to effectively communicate the goals, rationale, and benefits of a project.

For this assessment you will create a presentation poster to communicate a quality improvement project.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Design patient-centered, evidence-based, advanced nursing care for achieving high-quality patient outcomes.
    • Evaluate specific evidence that supports the quality improvement methods proposed.
  • Competency 2: Develop change strategies for improving the care environment.
    • Explain how the project is grounded in successful change strategies.
  • Competency 3: Apply quality improvement methods to practice that promote safe, equitable quality of care.
    • Propose quality improvement methods to promote continuous improvement related to a specific biopsychosocial consideration.
  • Competency 4: Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of interprofessional care systems in achieving desired healthcare improvement outcomes.
    • Analyze the way in which interprofessional teamwork will improve the effectiveness or efficiency of the quality improvement project.
  • Competency 5: Communicate effectively with diverse audiences, in an appropriate form and style, consistent with organizational, professional, and scholarly standards.
    • Communicate quality improvement considerations to relevant stakeholders in a way that is clear, concise, and compelling for the audience.
    • Integrate relevant sources to support assertions, correctly formatting citations and references using current APA style.

Assessment Instructions

Scenario

For this assessment, you may take one of two approaches:

  • The first is to build upon the clinical issue that was the focus of your Change Strategy and Implementation assessment, and turn it into a full, organization- or community-wide quality improvement initiative.
  • The second is to identify a new issue related to a biopsychosocial (BPS) clinical issue, or a clinical issue related to one of the items from the list of conditions, diseases, and disorders presented in the Resources section for the Concept Map assessment. The focus should be on a community rather than on a specific patient or health care setting.

As a master’s level nurse, your specific focus is on reviewing the implications of the data relevant to the clinical issue you are trying to address. Once you research this, review the aggregate data, and understand the BPS considerations relevant to the clinical issue, you can suggest strategies for improving the quality, equitability, and safety of care around the issue. You should act as an advocate for the value and need to pursue quality improvements to leadership and executives, as well as be able to present potential projects to a wide range of colleagues and community stakeholders.

Instructions

Create an abstract and a poster for a presentation to executive-level leadership of the organization, to the community, or to your colleagues that will sell them on your quality improvement plan.

Abstract Requirements
  • Your abstract should be 100–250 words.
  • It should summarize the key information in your poster.
  • Do not put your abstract on your poster itself; submit it as a separate document. Or, if you are using PowerPoint to help create your poster, create a new slide that is clearly labeled as your abstract.
Poster Requirements
  • Your poster should include the following sections:
    • Quality Improvement Methods.
    • Evidence Supporting QI Methods.
    • Change Strategy Foundation.
    • Interprofessional Team Benefits.
    • Overall Project Benefits.
  • There are templates in PowerPoint or on the Internet that can help you get a start designing your poster.

The bullet points below correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide. Be sure that your presentation addresses all of them. You may also want to read the Quality Improvement Presentation Poster scoring guide and the Guiding Questions: Quality Improvement Presentation Poster document to better understand how each grading criterion will be assessed.

  • Propose quality improvement methods to promote continuous improvement related to a specific biopsychosocial consideration.
  • Evaluate specific evidence that supports the quality improvement methods proposed.
  • Explain how the project is grounded in successful change strategies.
  • Analyze the way in which interprofessional teamwork will improve the effectiveness or efficiency of the quality improvement project.
  • Communicate quality improvement considerations to relevant stakeholders in a way that is clear, concise, and compelling for the audience.
  • Integrate relevant sources to support assertions, correctly formatting citations and references using current APA style.

Example Assessment: You may use the following to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like:

  • Assessment 3 Example [PPTX].

Additional Requirements

  • Length of submission:
    • Abstract: 100–250 words. Your abstract should be succinct and precise.
    • Poster: Make sure your poster fits entirely onto a single poster template page (or slide) and contains all of the sections described in the assessment instructions.
  • Number of references: Cite a minimum of 5–7 sources of scholarly or professional evidence that support your considerations and plans. Resources should be no more than five years old.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style.