- Recognize value of evidence in leadership decisions
- Identify standards of quality
Florence Nightingale was a pioneer in the evaluation of quality nursing care. She identified the role of a nurse within the health care team and measured patient outcomes to support the value of a nurse. Over the years nursing theorists and governing agencies have continued the evaluation work of Florence Nightingale by collecting data, using statistics, and creating reports to ensure the best quality care is being delivered to all patients.
A common question by nurses and other health care stakeholders is, “What is the definition of quality health care?” A second question is, “How is quality measured and evaluated in health care to determine if standards are met?” A third related question is, “How do nurses incorporate research and evidence-based practices into their nursing practice?” This chapter will review how quality nursing care is defined, measured, and evaluated and how nurses implement evidence-based practices into their daily nursing practice.