Quality of care is essential to how well healthcare services are being provided. The combination of the care processes, outcomes, and patient experience make up the quality of care. Quality of care focuses on patient outcomes, such as the prevention of illness, the relief of suffering, and the promotion of health and well-being (Evans et al., 2020). Patient experience includes the welcome and comfort of the environment, communication with healthcare professionals, and the satisfaction of needs (Evans et al., 2020). Quality of care is a continuous process that needs to be monitored and improved as new information becomes available.
Measuring and monitoring the quality of care delivered can be done in various ways. First, it is essential to assess the care that is being provided. This can be done by evaluating patient outcomes, such as patient satisfaction, health outcomes, and mortality rates (Evans et al., 2020). Additionally, patient surveys, focus groups, and interviews can be used to understand how care was provided and its impact on the patient (Evans et al., 2020). Establishing measurable goals, including both short-term and long-term objectives, for the quality of care delivered by the Advanced Practice Nurse is vital in monitoring the quality of care. These goals should be specific, measurable, and achievable.
It is crucial to assess the processes and systems used to deliver care. This can be done by looking at equipment and materials quality, staff efficiency, and coordination between different departments (Lopes-Júnior, 2021). Tracking patient outcomes is another vital step in monitoring the quality of care. This can be achieved as patient satisfaction scores, clinical outcomes, and readmission rates to assess the quality of care provided by the Advanced Practice Nurse (Lopes-Júnior, 2021). It is essential to monitor how care is delivered on an ongoing basis to ensure that it remains high quality. This can be done through surveys, focus groups, or interviews with patients and staff.
Overall, measuring and monitoring the quality of care delivered is essential for ensuring that patients receive high-quality care (Miranda Neto et al., 2018). It can also help to identify areas where improvements can be made. By monitoring the quality of care delivered, hospitals and other healthcare providers can ensure that patients receive the best possible care.
Advanced Practice Nurses are integral in providing high-quality nursing care for patients with complex needs. To ensure that they deliver excellent care, Advanced Practice Nurses should use various methods to measure and monitor the quality of their care (Miranda Neto et al., 2018). These include developing measurable goals, tracking patient outcomes, and complying with relevant clinical guidelines and practice standards. They also should evaluate their quality.
An Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) is an advanced nursing professional who has obtained a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing and has advanced clinical practice and leadership knowledge and skills. APNs provide a wide range of services, including diagnosing illnesses, developing treatment plans, prescribing medications, and providing direct patient care (Miranda Neto et al., 2018). The outcomes achieved by APNs can vary depending on the specialty in which they practice but generally include improved patient outcomes, increased satisfaction with healthcare services, decreased healthcare costs, and increased productivity in the healthcare setting.
APNs are in high demand and often work in highly specialized fields, such as cardiology, geriatrics, and pediatrics. They are also sought after for their leadership skills and ability to develop innovative solutions to problems within the healthcare system (Miranda Neto et al., 2018). In addition, APNs play a critical role in ensuring that all patients have access to quality healthcare services. Overall, an Advanced Practice Nurse enhances patient care by providing expertise and leadership in medication management, chronic illness management, and pediatric care.