Leveraging nurse-related dashboard benchmarks to expedite performance improvement and document excellence

J Nurs Adm. 2005 Apr;35(4):163-72. doi: 10.1097/00005110-200504000-00005.


Using nursing quality benchmarks in operational dashboards and translating those data to drive performance excellence is a strategic imperative. Since access to unit-level, hospital-generated nurse-related benchmarks is an emerging arena, the authors provide an overview of aggregated trends and benchmarks gleaned from the California Nursing Outcome Coalition acute care database for 2 established nurse-related quality indicators-patient falls incidence and hospital-acquired pressure ulcer prevalence. Integrating these acute care benchmarks into clinical dashboards can be invaluable to clinicians, administrators, and policy makers who share a common commitment to expediting evidence-based improvement in patient care safety, outcomes, and excellence.

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
  • Accidental Falls / statistics & numerical data
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Benchmarking*
  • California / epidemiology
  • Hospital Units / standards*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Service, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Nursing Service, Hospital / standards*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Pressure Ulcer / epidemiology
  • Pressure Ulcer / prevention & control*
  • Prevalence
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care*
  • Risk Assessment