Project -Intentional Rounding
Five sections are required in your final project paper. Each of them has several components. Use each section’s titles as a subheading and then discuss each element as it appears in the rubric. That will help you stay on track to ensure you are covering each of the required sections.
Purpose and Quality Statement
A. Explain the purpose of implementing a quality plan. In your explanation, consider how accreditation standards drive an organization’s patient safety and quality initiatives. It’s not about the global world of accreditation – make it specific to the organization that is the focus of your quality plan.
B. Determine the healthcare organization’s commitment to patient safety and quality. Consider the mission statement and policies of the organization to guide your answer. Again, the focus is on your specific organization. How do the commitment to patient safety and quality support the mission statement?
C. Describe the various stakeholder groups with a vested interest in the performance-improvement process (e.g., nursing leadership, departmental directors). Consider utilizing an organizational chart to depict these stakeholders (a suggestion in the final paper, not a requirement). If you include an org chart, make it professional looking (not a table – See the directions provided in the announcement on 12.15.2020). Don’t forget patients and their families and loved ones. This question about stakeholders is specific to your QIP; rather than every person in the organization.
D. Develop a quality statement that outlines the objectives of the quality plan. – This is a quality statement that you have developed for this paper. It is not a restatement or a copy and paste of your organization’s web site’s mission statement.
Review the rubric and see if what you are writing addresses each area as given. Then go on to section II and follow the same steps.
If there is something that needs more, now is the time to address that. Remember, this is a TurnItIn project. Please check your TurnItIn score and make revisions as necessary to get it down. If your score shows as Yellow or Red (Gasp!), go back and revise to lower it until it is in the Green. You can submit as many times as you wish before the deadline, editing to get that similarity matching score down to an acceptable level. Be sure to check your spelling and punctuation before you submit. Submit your paper as a Word doc, not a .pdf or in Pages.
This paper’s page requirement is 12 to 14 pages, not including the title page or reference page(s). Writing 20 pages does not mean your submission is twice as good. Do not include pages and pages of charts and graphs (e.g., the entire Hospital Compare or PDSA assignment)- ask yourself if what you are including adds value to your submission. Unless the answer is a resounding yes, leave it out. This paper is about the QIP you have created; that should be the bulk of your submission.
Be succinct in your writing. This is not the place for the history of the Affordable Care Act or accreditation since Day One of the Joint Commission. What are you trying to improve, how will you accomplish it, how will you measure it to know if it has been successful, what timeline (both beginning and end dates are required), and so forth? Avoid goals like “improve communication” or “make patients safer.” Those types of statements are so general as to be almost meaningless. QI is specific, measurable, and focused. Make sure your paper reflects that. If you are stuck on a section, go back and look at the announcements or examples posted for that week.
At the graduate level, the expectation is you will synthesize the information you have read, rather than merely using direct quotes from another. Do not use the copy/paste method (i.e., sentence, reference, sentence, reference).
Remember to look at the age of your sources as you write. Using ten or 15-year-old resources when discussing new technology does not support the discussion in your narrative. Healthcare has changed dramatically in the past several years. Look for current references to support or contrast your statements.