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Australian Nursing Outcomes Collaborative (AUSNOC): The development and feasibility testing of an indicator set for measuring the quality and safety of nursing care in the Australian healthcare system

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • The purpose of this presentation is to describe the development of the Australian Nursing Outcomes Collaborative (AUSNOC). AUSNOC began with the development of an indicator set for measuring the quality and safety of nursing care with the aim of elucidating the unique contribution that nursing makes to patient outcomes. The indicator set is founded upon a conceptual framework that explores nursing care using the following constructs: Care and Caring; Communication; Coordination & Collaboration; and Safety. Data collected includes administrative data, adverse events (falls, pressure injuries, medication errors, staphylococcus blood stream infections), observational studies of processes of care and the use of three periodic surveys that use validated tools (Nursing Work Index – Revised: Australian; Caring Assessment Tool; and one of a number of approved Patient Experience Surveys). Feasibility testing of the AUSNOC indicator set was undertaken in three hospitals in NSW, Australia. AUSNOC has now expanded into a collaborative research centre that assists a growing number of healthcare services in Australia to improve patient outcomes through recording, evaluating and benchmarking nursing care at the unit level. This presentation will present key findings from the feasibility study and statistically significant relationships between structural measures, the practice environment and the four constructs. It will also explore the ongoing development of AUSNOC as a collaborative research centre and the potential for measuring both the quality and safety of nursing care at the unit level.

UOW Authors


  •   Sim, Jenny
  •   Joyce-McCoach, Joanne T. (external author)
  •   Crookes, Patrick (external author)
  •   Gordon, Rob

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Sim, J., Joyce McCoach, J., Crookes, P. & Gordon, R. (2017). Australian Nursing Outcomes Collaborative (AUSNOC): The development and feasibility testing of an indicator set for measuring the quality and safety of nursing care in the Australian healthcare system. International Council of Nurses Congress 2017 Abstracts

Abstract


  • The purpose of this presentation is to describe the development of the Australian Nursing Outcomes Collaborative (AUSNOC). AUSNOC began with the development of an indicator set for measuring the quality and safety of nursing care with the aim of elucidating the unique contribution that nursing makes to patient outcomes. The indicator set is founded upon a conceptual framework that explores nursing care using the following constructs: Care and Caring; Communication; Coordination & Collaboration; and Safety. Data collected includes administrative data, adverse events (falls, pressure injuries, medication errors, staphylococcus blood stream infections), observational studies of processes of care and the use of three periodic surveys that use validated tools (Nursing Work Index – Revised: Australian; Caring Assessment Tool; and one of a number of approved Patient Experience Surveys). Feasibility testing of the AUSNOC indicator set was undertaken in three hospitals in NSW, Australia. AUSNOC has now expanded into a collaborative research centre that assists a growing number of healthcare services in Australia to improve patient outcomes through recording, evaluating and benchmarking nursing care at the unit level. This presentation will present key findings from the feasibility study and statistically significant relationships between structural measures, the practice environment and the four constructs. It will also explore the ongoing development of AUSNOC as a collaborative research centre and the potential for measuring both the quality and safety of nursing care at the unit level.

UOW Authors


  •   Sim, Jenny
  •   Joyce-McCoach, Joanne T. (external author)
  •   Crookes, Patrick (external author)
  •   Gordon, Rob

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Sim, J., Joyce McCoach, J., Crookes, P. & Gordon, R. (2017). Australian Nursing Outcomes Collaborative (AUSNOC): The development and feasibility testing of an indicator set for measuring the quality and safety of nursing care in the Australian healthcare system. International Council of Nurses Congress 2017 Abstracts