Nursing Quality Measurement: Key Concepts

Rita Munley Gallagher, PhD, RN



Nursing is integral to patient care and is delivered in many and varied settings. The sheer number of nurses and their central role in caregiving are compelling reasons for measuring their contribution to patients' experiences and the outcomes that are attained.

Purpose/Goal: This module presents an overview of healthcare quality, including the role of the professional nurse in ensuring the quality of nursing care. Participants will explore key concepts of quality measurement and the use of National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed measures to establish linkages between nursing practice and patient outcomes.


1. Identify relevant aspects of healthcare quality and its measurement.
2. Define the professional responsibilities of nurses in ensuring the quality of patient care.
3. Detail how National Database for the Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) data reflect the relationship of nursing care to patient outcomes.


Rita Munley Gallagher, PhD, RN, was a Senior Policy Fellow at the National Center for Nursing Quality, American Nurses Association.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.58

Expiration Date: 9/30/2014


Member Price: $15.00
Non-Member Price: $20.00

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