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The American Nurses Association Hosts Conference on the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators
Date:1/28/2008

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Nurses Association (ANA) announces its annual National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI(R)) conference "Workforce Engagement in Using Data to Improve Outcomes" January 30-February 1, 2008. Staff nurses, nurse executives, NDNQI site coordinators, hospital chief executive officers and quality improvement professionals are encouraged to attend to identify how over 1200 hospitals use NDNQI reports to improve nursing practices and patient outcomes.

"Nurses have a history of taking the lead in improving patient care and ensuring patient safety. Our Code of Ethics calls on nurses to participate in establishing, maintaining, and improving health care environments," remarked ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR. "This conference provides an opportunity for conscientious health care professionals committed to quality improvement to discuss NDNQI's uses and successes."

Over 1200 hospitals currently participate in NDNQI, and the accumulated data from those institutions serve to provide attendees insight on nursing workforce and patient outcomes that can be related to nursing care. Among the findings this year, are new data on pediatric pain relief, a key responsibility of RNs. The newest NDNQI research stresses the importance of the pain assessment cycle (assessment, intervention, and reassessment). The latest NDNQI research also provides valuable insight into the growing trend of foreign educated nurses, which according to the latest data; make up nine percent of the nursing workforce. Foreign educated nurses tend to have more experience than their U.S. educated counterparts, and work more demanding schedules. NDNQI is committed to examining the relationship between the prevalence of foreign educated nurses and patient outcomes.

This year, the conference will feature the first presentation of the NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality(TM). The new A
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