Thomas-Hawkins, C., Latham, C.E., & Hain, D.J. (2017). Emphasizing the value of nephrology nursing through nursing-sensitive indicators: A call for action. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 44(4), 317–325.
Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the United States (U.S.). As principal frontline caregivers in the U.S. healthcare system, nurses have tremendous influence over a patient's healthcare experience. A growing body of evidence states that the nursing workforce has a direct impact on healthcare quality. A standardized approach to measuring nursing's contribution to patient care and safety using nursing-sensitive quality indicators assists in examining the extent to which nurses and nursing affect the quality and safety of health care. This article focuses on nursing-sensitive quality indicators and discusses healthcare quality indicators and nursing-sensitive indicators used in the U.S. A summary of the work of the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association Task Force on Nephrology Nursing-Sensitive Quality Indicators (NNSQI) and an NNSQI exemplar are provided.