The Difference Nurses are Making to Improve Quality of Older Adults through the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) funds research projects that address gaps in what is known about nursing’s effect on quality and explores the many contributions nurses are making to keep patients safer and healthier. Many of the 34 projects focus on work being done that will have a major impact on the care of older adults.

This article summarizes all the projects, among these 12 sampled from the four cohorts:

  1. Improving the National Quality Forum (NQF) Failure to Rescue Metric
  2. Quality Care on Acute Inpatient Units
  3. Validating NQF Nursing-Sensitive Performance Measures
  4. The Nursing Ambulatory to Hospital Transitions (NAHT) Program
  5. Translating Fall Risk Status Into Interventions to Prevent Patient Falls
  6. Quality and Cost Outcomes of Hospital Supplemental Nurse Staffing
  7. Examining the Impact of Nursing Structures and Processes on Medication Errors
  8. Nursing Care Quality in Acute Care Hospitals: New Linkages to Patient Outcomes
  9. The Impact of Nurse Staffing, Skill Mix, and Experience on Quality and Costs in Long-Term Care
  10. Multidisciplinary Organization and Outcomes for Chronic Heart Failure Patients in the Veterans Administration
  11. Empowering Home Care Nurses to Efficiently Resolve Medication Discrepancies
  12. Nursing Intervention to Facilitate Patient Activation for Improved Pain Self-Management