Quality Improvement Initiatives And Performance Management Systems

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Healthcare providers have begun utilizing quality improvement initiatives and performance management systems to improve the quality and outcomes of their healthcare systems. There was a shift from a healthcare provider’s responsibility of their work to being held accountable for their work, as well as the emphasis on a team atmosphere to improve accountability. Responsibility and accountability, while meaning different things, together are important in advancing the quality of healthcare. In this paper, I will clarify the reasoning for an emphasis on accountability and also explain how responsibility and most importantly accountability are essential to nursing practice to improve quality health care.
To have accountability, you must first have responsibility. Responsibility is defined as “a thing that one is required to do as part of a job, role, or legal obligation” (Merriam-Webster, 2003). It focuses on the job performed, competence, quality, and excellence of the worker (Porter-O’Grady and Malloch, 2013). The second Principle of Nursing Practice, Principle B, reads: “Nurses and nursing staff take responsibility for the care they provide and answer for their own judgments and actions – they carry out these actions in a way that is agreed with their patients and the families and carers of their patients, and in a way that meets the requirements of their professional bodies and the law (American Nurses Association, 2016).”
In the second Principle, it talks about how…
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