Dates of Project: September 2009–April 2013
Front-line nurses at 48 hospitals—two-thirds of New Jersey’s acute-care facilities—plus two non-acute-care providers implemented innovative practices to improve the hospital work environment and patient care. This was a state-specific pilot of a national model, Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB).
Description: The quality of hospital nursing care has a direct impact on the quality and safety of patient care. Too often, inefficient workplace policies and practices prevent hospital nurses from focusing fully on the needs of their patients. Both patient care and nurse job satisfaction suffer as a result. Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) was an effort to empower nurses to make changes.
Researchers from the RAND Corporation and the University of California, Los Angeles, evaluated the program and in April 2013 reported that overall the findings “suggest that TCAB provided a set of activities of high value to nursing units.”
Almost all the unit managers indicated that “if they had to do it over, they would participate in TCAB again.”
Transforming Care at Bedside: Empowering NJ nurses to drive change improves patient care & job satisfaction