Jen Mau, RN, BSN, graduated from the Nebraska Hospital Association QI Residency Program in March. The program was developed as a result of the Rural Quality Improvement Steering Committee. The objective is to provide a collaborative learning environment focused on mentoring and networking for hospital quality personnel to develop empowered statewide leaders. The program was designed to be a one-year program, but because of COVID it became a two-year program.
Participants who take the course are expected to articulate the definition of quality and performance improvement and explain how quality fits in the bigger picture of rural hospitals; adapt learning on surveys and accreditation to prepare and lead a hospital through a successful inspection; complete mandatory external reporting requirements; describe best practices related to determining and driving quality and performance improvement; recognize and differentiate good health care data; analyze, abstract and evaluate health care data; list compare and adapt patient safety tools; employ and exercise risk management techniques; and select and employ patient and family engagement and emergency management tools and techniques.; describe the role of quality and performance improvement specific to medical staff functions; distinguish and adapt quality infection prevention plans; articulate population health promotion and continuum of care activities needed to help a hospital adapt to changing health care reimbursement structures.