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Nurse Residency Program Resources: Quality Improvement Resources

This guide has been created to support the Nurse Residency Program at Bryan Medical Center.

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QI Guide on Improved Nursing Care

Overview of Research vs Quality Improvement


Quality improvement

Form and test hypotheses

Focus on systems and processes

Systematically study a problem of interest following a structured protocol

Establish measures to determine if a specific change actually leads to an improvement in systems and processes

Collect, analyze, and interpreter the findings of data collection

Analyze data to improve systems related to processes and outcomes (ie, cost, productivity, quality)

Disseminate the findings

Use the findings to improve quality of care


Source: Gregory, K. E. (2015). Differentiating Between Research and Quality Improvement. Journal Of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing29(2), p. 101.  Available:

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