NR533: Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

A. Week 01 Discussion #1
Transparent Health: Lewis Blackman Story
In this first of four discussion boards, you will watch the video titled, “Transparent Health – Lewis Blackman Story. In this video, two issues in health care will be addressed: (1) prevention of medical errors and (2) how we the care givers respond when our care has caused harm to one of our patients.
Solidlinemedia. (23014, April). The Lewis Blackman story. (1 hour)
After viewing this video, you and your nurse colleagues are to discuss the following:

How did the health care system fail Lewis and his family?
What can we, as nurse leaders, learn from the Lewis Blackman Story?
As a health care leader, describe strategies/approaches to effectively address medical errors as      described in this story about Lewis Blackman, e.g. teamwork and communication.

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B. Reflective Journal
Separate groups: Group A
The Reflective Journal is a place to write short reflections that are posed during the course in Lessons and elsewhere. These are private between student and instructor and allow a non-formatted space for reflecting about your weekly learning and help you realize how you have changed based on the learning you have accomplished during the course.
Please make sure to enter a “Heading” for each reflection that your are entering to keep them separate.
Please be honest about your reflections as these should be your actual thoughts not regurgitation of textbook content.

Nash, D.B., Joshi, M.S., Ransom, E.R., & Ransom, S.B. (Eds.) (2019). The healthcare quality book: Vision, strategies, and tools (4th ed.). Health Administration Press.
     (Library Link)

Writing Guide for the entire MSN program:

APA. (2019). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).      American Psychological Association.


Nash, Joshi, Ransom, & Ransom: Chapters 1 & 2.
Batalden, P., & Davidoff, F. (2007, Feb.). What is “quality improvement” and how can it transform healthcare? (PDF). Quality and Safety in Health Care, 16(1), 2-3.
Fitzpatrick, J.J. (2016, Feb.). Distinctions Between research, Evidence Based Practice, and Quality Improvement. Applied Nursing Research, 29, 261. (Library Link)
Newhouse, R.P. (2007). Diffusing Confusion Among Evidence-Based Practice, Quality Improvement, and Research. Journal of Nursing Administration, 37(10), 432-435. (Library Link)
Newhouse, R.P., Pettit, J., Poe, S., & Rocco, L. (2006, April). The Slippery Slope: Differentiating Between Quality Improvement and Research. Journal of Nursing Administration, 36(4), 211-219. (Library Link)
Parry, G.J. (2014, May). A Brief History of Quality Improvement. Journal of Oncology Practice, 10(3). (Library Link)
Perla, R.J., Provost, L.P, & Parry, G.J. (2013). Seven propositions of the science of improvement:      Exploring foundations (PDF). Quality Management in Health Care, 22(3), 170-186.

Content in weeks Lesson and Discussion

Berwick, D. (2008). Defining Quality: Aiming for a Better Health Care System. IHI Open School.      (Video)
DocMikeEvans. (2014). Quality Improvement in Healthcare. Michael Evans and Reframe Health Films Inc. (Video)
Solidlinemedia. (2014). Transparent Health – Lewis Blackman Story. Transpoarent Health. (Video)


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