Identifying core measures for nursing care performance

Nursing is the largest health care profession, and nurses are the principal caregivers in any health care system. Nursing time is also the single biggest operational expense in any health care delivery system. Consequently, nursing as an organized service and nurses as primary caregivers are critical to the success of any health care system. Recognizing these things, it is clear the absence of standardized nursing care performance measures represents a major void in health care quality assurance.The purpose of this project is to: (1) identify a framework for how to measure nursing care performance; (2) identify a candidate set of nursing care performance measures; (3) endorse a core set of evidence-based performance measures for evaluating the quality of nursing care; and (4) identify and prioritize unresolved issues and research needs. This project will be considered successful if the performance measures are adopted by health care organizations, nursing professional societies, researchers, and other stakeholders.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 1/29/2003

Time frame: 2/1/2003 - 11/30/2004

Grant Number: 47479


National Quality Forum

1030 15th Street, N.W., Suite 800
Washington, 20005-1503


Ellen T. Kurtzman
Project Director