- How does the registered nurse use guided research in the clinical setting?
- Explore your clinical site and relate one quality improvement (QI) study currently being analyzed. What is benchmarked in the study? What role does the nurse play in the QI study?
How does the registered nurse use guided research in the clinical setting?
The registered nurse utilizes guided research in the clinical setting to follow laid-out quality standards that guarantee patients the best outcomes. By following guided research, registered nurses can therefore be able to guarantee their patients quality outcomes. Utilizing guided research, a registered nurse is able to make the right clinical decisions and avoid issues such as medical errors (Li et al., 2019). For instance, there’s a high probability that a patient may get misidentified in a healthcare facility that does not use identifiers. On the other hand, the guided research that advocates for the use of two identifiers before providing care, performing a procedure, or administering medication to a patient can play a significant role in helping to prevent the misidentification of a patient. Guided research helps registered nurses to adhere to certain standards of practice that guarantee the best outcomes for patients (Li et al., 2019).
Explore your clinical site and relate one quality improvement (QI) study currently being analyzed. What is benchmarked in the study? What role does the nurse play in the QI study?
The quality improvement study that is currently being analyzed in my clinical site of an emergency department is the use of an effective emergency triage system. According to Zachariasse et al. (2019), an effective emergency triage system should prioritize both nontrauma and trauma patients according to their level of acuity and also consider the resource availability and the local disease burden. The role of the nurse in the quality improvement initiative involving the use of an effective emergency triage system, being actively involved in the completion of triage forms, and attending to patients in the emergency department. The quality improvement study involving the use of an effective emergency triage system is therefore benchmarking the under triage rate in the emergency department. According to Zachariasse et al. (2019), an under-triage rate that exceeds 5% will result in significant patient safety concerns.
Li, S., Cao, M., & Zhu, X. (2019). Evidence-based practice. Medicine, 98(39), e17209. https://doi.org/10.1097/md.0000000000017209
Zachariasse, J. M., van der Hagen, V., Seiger, N., Mackway-Jones, K., van Veen, M., & Moll, H. A. (2019). Performance of triage systems in emergency care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open, 9(5), e026471. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026471