BSN 4008 Assessment Safety Score Improvement Plan2
BSN 4008 Assessment Safety Score Improvement Plan
Refer to the Capella library and the Internet for
supplemental resources to help you complete this assessment, a safety score
Consider the hospital-acquired conditions that are not
reimbursed for under Medicare/Medicaid. Among these conditions are specific
safety issues such as infections, falls, medication errors, and other safety
concerns that could have been prevented or alleviated with the use of
evidence-based guidelines. Hospital Safety Score, an independent nonprofit
organization, uses national performance measures to determine the safety score
for hospitals in the United States. The Hospital Safety Score Web site and
other online resources provide hospital safety scores to the public.
Read the scenario below:
As the manager of a unit, you have been advised by the
patient safety office of an alarming increase in the hospital safety score for
your unit. This is a very serious public relations matter because patient
safety data is public information. It is also a financial crisis because the
organization stands to lose a significant amount of reimbursement money from
Medicare and Medicaid unless the source of the problem can be identified and
corrected. You are required to submit a safety score improvement plan to the
organization’s leadership and the patient safety office.
Select a specific patient safety goal that has been
identified by an organization, or one that is widely regarded in the nursing profession
as relevant to quality patient care delivery, such as patient falls, infection
rates, catheter-induced urinary infections, IV infections, et cetera.
Deliverable: Safety Score Improvement Plan
Develop a 3–5 page safety score improvement plan.
Identify the health care setting and nursing unit of your
choice in the title of the mitigation plan. For example, “Safety Score
Improvement Plan for XYZ Rehabilitation Center.”
You may choose to use information on a patient safety issue
for the organization in which you currently work, or search for information
from a setting you are familiar with, perhaps from your clinical work.
Demonstrate systems theory and systems thinking as you
develop your recommendations.
Organize your report with these headings:
Study of Factors
Identify a patient safety issue.
Describe the influence of nursing leadership in driving the
Apply systems thinking to explain how current policies and
procedures may affect a safety issue.
Recommend an evidence-based strategy to improve the safety
Explain a strategy to collect information about the safety
How would you determine the sources of the problem?
Explain a plan to implement a recommendation and monitor
What quality indicators will you use?
How will you monitor outcomes?
Will policies or procedures need to be changed?
Will nursing staff need training?
What tools will you need to do this?
Written communication: Written communication should be free of
errors that detract from the overall message.
APA formatting: Resources and in-text citations should be
formatted according to current APA style and formatting.
Length: The plan should be 3–5 pages.
Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point, double-spaced.
Number of resources: Use a minimum of three peer-reviewed