Access the NDNQI Database for Your Research

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The National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) is the only national, nursing quality measurement program that provides hospitals with unit-level performance comparison reports to state, national, and regional percentile distributions. All indicator data are reported at the nursing unit level. NDNQI’s nursing-sensitive indicators reflect the structure, process, and outcomes of nursing care. Currently, NDNQI has over 1,500 participating U.S. hospitals that use NDNQI data to improve patient safety and quality of patient care. NDNQI is part of ANA’s National Center for Nursing Quality (NCNQ).


  • ANA contracts with the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) School of Nursing to manage NDNQI.
  • The NDNQI Research Council reviews proposals submitted to ANA for access to NDNQI data.
  • The ANA Research Agenda can help researchers submitting a proposal to use NDNQI data understand ANA research priorities.
Submitting a Research Proposal to Use NDNQI Data

Before submitting a research proposal, you must review the recommended proposal outline, screening criteria, researcher qualifications, review criteria and the data variables. The Research Council reviews and scores proposals. You must submit your NDNQI Data Use proposal online. Online Submissions To learn more, view the webinar How to Submit a Proposal to Use NDNQI Data (June 2010) See Below.