GCU Paragraph 6 CQI Health Care System

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Continuous quality improvement is an important part of the health care system that “aims to improving the experience of patient care, improving population health, and reducing per capita costs of health care” (Berwick et al., 2008). It is a quality management process that encourages all health care team members to continuously ask the questions, “How are we doing?” and “Can we do it better?” In order to address these questions, a practice needs structured clinical and administrative data. Using this data efficiently and effectively will transform patient care in ways that might have been difficult or impossible without it. In my work place, we have a 20-minute group huddle that is done twice a day for the 7a-7p shifters and the 7p-7a shifters. On paper it makes sense to these huddles at these times except for those of us that are “mid-shifter”. I for one, along with 2 others every day work 11a-11p and have to leave my patients for 20 minutes alone because everyone else is too busy finishing up their paper work and are getting ready to leaving in 20 minutes after the huddle finishes. It’s a catch 22 for me because I get in trouble if I don’t go to the daily huddle but at the same time, its nearly impossible for me to get someone to actually cover me when I’m gone. I’ve brought it up to my charge nurse, nurse manager and co-workers but no one has the answer. I think it would be more efficient if the mid-shifters had there own huddle so that we learn about all the newest information that is going on and get educated about the new policies that mind you, we are responsible about learning about even if we couldn’t get to the huddle that day. Knowing about the new policy changes effects quality improvement and patient care at the highest level since nurses are at the forefront of patient care.


Berwick DM, Nolan TW, Whittington J. The triple aim: care, health, and cost. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 May-Jun;27(3):759-69.