Quality Improvement—From the Personal to the Organizational
Throughout this module, you have been studying a process, collecting data, and using quality tools to analyze and understand it. Of course, improving a personal process is simpler than improving an organizational one. Fewer people are involved, the stakes are lower, and organizational structures and regulations do not come into play. That is not to say that the two cannot inform one another.
For example, suppose a student was late getting started on his Personal Improvement Project and was only able to collect 2 weeks of data. Because the period was so short, ultimately he could not determine whether any improvement was made. The student could then transfer that knowledge to a professional setting when he starts a quality improvement project, ensuring that an adequate data-collection period is allowed before analysis.
How might your Personal Improvement Project “live on” in a similar manner?
This week, you will analyze your data and present it. You will also consider how to use your personal experience to approach a larger, unit- or organization-wide quality effort.
Assignment: Personal Improvement Project Report
Some argue that the term “project” is misleading with respect to CQI because a project has an ending. In CQI, a project does not end once an intervention has been applied and is successful. Healthcare professionals continue to monitor, evaluate, and make plans for further improvement, leading to an ongoing cycle. As you think about your Personal Improvement Project and the short-term accomplishments, consider how you could extend this improvement cycle long-term.
For this Assignment, you will not only analyze the personal improvement process you studied and synthesize the findings but apply your knowledge, first for long-term personal improvement and second for application to the professional healthcare setting.
- Review any Instructor feedback from your Personal Improvement Project Outline, (Nice job with your journal. Keep in mind that you should really include a formal purpose statement), and consider any suggestions you may have received from your Instructor and colleagues in the Week 3 Discussion (Great job) Feedback is in red
- Reflect on the experience you have gained with the improvement process and how it may apply to a professional quality improvement project.
The Assignment (4–5 pages, not counting tables, graphs, diagrams, and charts):
Part 1: Aim
- Clearly state the aim of your project.
Part 2: Process Analysis
- Consider the process leading to the results that you aimed to improve. Create a process map to identify the steps in the process and identify the people (other than you) who were involved in the process.
Part 3: Measurement
- Describe the data collection method used, including an explanation of what you measured and how. Be specific.
- Present the data in a table, graph, diagram, run chart, or XmR chart.
Part 4: Changes
- There is a saying, “Not all change leads to improvement, but all improvement leads to change.” Explain the changes you made based on the data. What worked? What didn’t work?
Part 5: Reflection and Application
- Reflect on your Personal Improvement Project and what you learned.
- Explain how you will maintain ongoing improvement in this area long-term.
- Explain how you could use knowledge from this experience to facilitate both a unit-level and an organization-level change in a nursing workplace. Be specific and provide examples.
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