Professional Nursing Practice

3806NRS Professional Nursing
Practice Trimester 1, 2020
Assessment Item 2
Written Assignment (Individual):
Quality and Safety
2,000 words
Weighting 50%
Due Date: Tuesday 5th May 2020 at
17:00hrs
TASK RATIONALE / AIM:
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) leads
and coordinates national improvements in safety and quality in health care. It has
developed a framework for safe and high quality care with three core principles – that
care is consumer centred, driven by information, and organised for safety (ACSQHC,
2010).
In addition to this framework, ACSQHC have developed National Safety and Quality
Health Service (NSQHS) Standards to ‘protect the public from harm and to improve
the quality of health service provision’ (ACSQHC, 2017, p. 5). The Registered Nurse
is integral to every standard that has been developed by the ACSQHC.
This assessment is designed to enable you to demonstrate an understanding of
quality and safety in health care through the critical discussion of one of the National
Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.
This assessment will address learning outcome 2.
TASK INSTRUCTIONS:
This task requires you to write a 2,000-word assignment. Before you write your
assignment, you will need to:
• Choose one of the following National Safety and Quality Health Service
(NSQHS) Standards (ACSQHC, 2017) as the topic of your assignment.
• Clinical governance (Standard 1)
• Partnering with consumers (Standard 2)
• Preventing and controlling healthcare-associated infection (Standard 3)
• Medication safety (Standard 4)
• Comprehensive care (Standard 5)
• Communicating for safety (Standard 6)
• Blood management (Standard 7)
Please note the following NSQHS standard is not included as topic choice.
• Recognising and responding to acute deterioration (Standard 8).
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• Identify the type of process and outcome data that could be collected, analysed
and fed back for improvements in care relevant to your chosen standard. (You
may wish to refer to the article by Donabedian, 1988, as a starting point). This
area for action aligns with step 2.2 of the Australian Safety and Quality
Framework for Health Care (ACSQHC, 2010).
• Research the topic of quality and safety in health care in Australia then
identify and analyse scholarly literature that is relevant to your assignment
topic, namelyyour:
• chosen standard,
• a clinical care activity relevant to this standard,
• process and outcome data required to monitor outcomes/improvements
relevant to the standard.
• Following these steps, write your assignment. Your assignment should include:
1. An introduction or first paragraph that clearly introduces the topic, identifies
the NSQHS standard (from the allocated options), outlines what will be
covered in the assignment and provides a thesis statement (what to expect
in theassignment).
2. A critical discussion of quality and safety in the Australian health care
system, supported by scholarly literature (at least five sources
published after2015).
3. A critical discussion of a clinical care activity relevant to your chosen
standard, including the risks or impact of low quality care and how it can be
improved. Discussion is supported by scholarly literature (at least five
sources published after 2015).
4. A critical discussion of how process and outcome data could be collected,
analysed and fed back for improvements in clinical care. Discussion is
supported by scholarly literature (at least five sources published after 2015.
However, you are allowed to use Donabedian’s (1988) article in this section).
5. A conclusion which summarises your argument without introducing
anynew information.
References:
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). (2010).
Australian safety and quality framework for health care. Retrieved from
https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/sites/default/files/migrated/AustralianSandQ-Framework1.pdf
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). (2017).
National safety and quality health service standards (2nd ed.). Sydney,
Aust.: Author.
Retrieved from https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/assessmentto-the- nsqhs-standards/
Donabedian, A. (1988). The quality of care: How can it be assessed? JAMA, 260(12), 1743-
1748. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410120089033
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OTHER ELEMENTS:
• Always refer to the Griffith Health Writing and Referencing Guide
• Provide one reference list at the end of your written assignment which presents at
least 15 references from scholarly literature in alphabetical order.
• State your word count (excluding your reference list) on the Assignment Coversheet.
• Do not exceed 2,000 words. Words over 2,000 will not be marked.
• Submit your DRAFT assignment via Turnitin as per the instructions
on your Learning@Griffith course site. [Submit in the ‘Assessment’
tab].
• Examine the Turnitin report for your draft assignment. If you have textmatching identified in the written section of the assignment, this may be
used as the basis of reporting an academic integrity concern.
• Submit your FINAL assignment via Turnitin as per the instructions on your
Learning@Griffith course site. [Submit in the ‘Assessment’ tab]. Keep your
Turnitin receipt as evidence of successful submission. Check you have
submitted the correct assignment file.
• Email yourself a copy of your final assignment file so you have a
contemporaneous record of your submission.
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