Navigating Quality: Funding Quality Initiatives on Your Unit



How often have your quality initiatives suffered from the lack of the right resources – like staff time, training and supplies? Do you have trouble making the case to your hospital administration about why these resources are necessary to effect long-lasting and ultimately cost-saving quality improvements?

Build your sustainable quality improvement plan with buy-in, resources and funding from your hospital administration by using best practices from this webinar. Learn how to champion your quality initiatives at both the unit level and administration level. Drive your hospital along the path to true quality improvement and positive patient outcomes with the powerful combination of administration buy-in, adequate resources and funding, evidence-based practice, optimal nursing care, and effective leadership, This webinar delves into how to best leverage data and nurse-led innovative practices to make the case for gaining additional resources to improve quality and ultimately cut costs and improve patient outcomes.

Purpose/Goal: The purpose of this webinar is to provide RNs with the information, techniques and strategies for advocating the funding of quality initiatives on their unit.


At the conclusion, participants will be able to:
1. Learn how to build the case and gain the funding and resources needed for quality improvement initiatives on any unit.
2. Determine the cost effectiveness of quality improvement strategies by comparing measurement data pre- and post-quality implementation.
3. Identify why upfront investments in quality are cost effective.


Dr. Victoria Rich is recognized for her leadership in healthcare, business and nursing education, and most notably for her pioneering work in patient safety and cultural diversity. Dr. Rich has developed numerous patient safety initiatives for healthcare systems both nationally and internationally. Her experiential knowledge enabled her to develop a model for creating a risk reduction culture in healthcare through the process of systemic mindfulness. She is an acknowledged expert in root cause analysis and in the development of corrective action plans for hospitals and state and federal agencies. A co - founder of Rich and Rich Consultants, her expertise is sought by health care executives to improve programs and initiatives for patient safety. In 2003, Dr. Rich in collaboration with Dr. Afaf Meleis, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Dr. Barbara Nichols, CEO for Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), established the Global Nurse Program for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Among many endeavors, Dr. Rich is currently working with Botswana Nursing Leadership to further the reach of the Global Nurse Program through organized nursing exchange curricula. Dr. Rich received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her M.S.N. and Ph.D. in nursing administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rich, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, is currently Chief Nurse Executive and Associate Executive Director at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, and Assistant Dean of Clinical Practice at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Rich teaches as an adjunct Associate Professor with the Associated faculty at Penn's School of Nursing. She directs inpatient and outpatient nursing practice at the 800-bed, quaternary acute care academic center and 47 medical practice sites. Since 2002, she has served in this position as a senior hospital administrator to implement the academic center's missions, strategic plans, patient care programs, and the Nursing profession's budgets, resource allocations and operational plans

Disclosure: The other authors and planners of this continuing nursing education activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1

Expiration Date: 7/1/2016

Pharmacology Hours: 0


Member Price: $15.00
Non-Member Price: $30.00

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