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Welcome to the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care

The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) has been managed by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since April 2013. Previously the NAQC was housed at The George Washington University School of Nursing since its inception. It has become the "go to" organization in the field for advancing high-quality, patient-centered health care. NAQC's mission and focus remain the same. The NAQC is continuously working to achieve quality and safety for all patients.

Patient Engagement Overview

NAQC developed and disseminated nine guiding principles for patient engagement which calls for a dynamic partnership among patients, their families, and caregivers and incorporates mutual responsibilities and accountabilities and shared decision-making.

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Making a Difference - Nursing Alliance for Quality Care

NAQC's mission is to Advance the highest quality, safety, and value of consumer-centered health care for all individuals-patients, their families, and their communities.

About NAQC

The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) has been managed by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since April 2013.

The NAQC had been previously housed at The George Washington University School of Nursing (GWSON) since its inception and is now the "go to" organization in the field for advancing high-quality, patient-centered health care. NAQC’s mission and focus remain the same. NAQC’s permanent home with ANA has allowed it to further build upon its work to achieve quality and safety for all patients. The Alliance has maintained the same membership structure and will always continue to accept additional member organizations. The GWSON has remained an active member in the alliance. The current chair of the NAQC is the NAQC representative for GWSON.

For more information contact: Cheryl Peterson, Vice President of Nursing Programs, American Nurses Association at naqc@ana.org.

The NAQC is a bold partnership among the nation’s leading nursing organizations, consumers, and other key stakeholders to advance the highest quality, safety and value of consumer-centered health care for all individuals, their families, and their communities. NAQC believes that only with stronger, more unified nursing policy ‘voices’ will we achieve dramatic and sustainable achievement in quality and safety for the American public.

Get your organization engaged and make your voices heard. Apply for NAQC membership now!

Mission

NAQC's mission is to Advance the highest quality, safety, and value of consumer-centered health care for all individuals-patients, their families, and their communities.

To achieve this aim, the NAQC will work to ensure that:

  • Patients receive the right care at the right time by the right professional.
  • Nurses actively advocate and are accountable for consumer-centered, high quality health care.
  • Policymakers recognize the contributions of nurses in advancing consumer-centered, high quality health care.

The establishment of the NAQC is based on the assumption that only with a stronger, more unified nursing policy "voice" will dramatic and sustainable achievements in quality and safety for the American public be achieved.

NAQC Bylaws (pdf)

 

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Join NAQC

Have your organization join the Conversation about Nursing's Role in Health Care Quality

As a member of NAQC your organization will:

  • Exchange ideas with other nursing organizations on innovative solutions and strategies to promote safer care for consumers in any health care setting
  • Engage with organizations representing every member of the healthcare team in deliberations that incorporate nurses' voices in ensuring high quality care
  • Sign on as organizations to draft or support public comments, letters regarding rulemaking, proposed regulations and development of measures relevant to nursing's impact on quality care for consumers
  • Nominate organizational members as experts regarding national or specialty concerns, representing nursing's perspectives on quality and safety
  • Attend open sessions of Board of Director meetings, in person or via conference call
  • Support organization members to serve on NAQC sub-committees
  • Participate in special member-only meetings and events
  • Benefit from reduced registration fees to NAQC conferences, meetings, and webinars for own organizational members
  • Follow regular updates on NAQC activities
  • Access summaries of Board of Director meetings

For more information contact us at naqc@ana.org.

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Resources

Explore The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) resources for in depth information on Policy and Health Care Quality Leadership, Public Comments on Proposed Rules Impacting Nurses and Patients and Quality Measure Work.

Case Studies

  • Patient Engagement Conference

November 14, 2012

The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care held a one-of-a-kind two-day national consensus-building conference to foster successful patient engagement on November 12-13 in Washington, DC. The goal of the conference was to focus attention on the roles and strategies nurses can employ to strengthen the partnership among nurses and patients, as patients and families engage with the health care system to achieve the best health outcomes possible for themselves.

This conference enabled nurses who work in all settings and at all levels of care to interactively engage with speakers and consumers to acquire knowledge and skills for implementation upon return to their own work settings. Attendees’ feedback will contribute to a newly developed national white paper on nurses' contributions to patient engagement through a consensus process that identified the best approaches, practices, strategies and policies to foster successful engagement of patients and families with the health care system.

Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by grant 1R13 HS21600-01 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

  • Nursing Experts Release Guiding Principles for Patient Engagement

July 11, 2012

The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) today released Guiding Principles for Patient Engagement, a list of nine core principles designed to support nurses and other health care providers in delivering high-quality, patient-centered care.

The principles, developed by a committee of nurse leaders and patient advocates, are meant to guide the provider community in developing patient engagement models and quality and safety interventions that support and encourage the patient and family to become partners in their care. The development of the principles, and the organization, is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest health care philanthropy.

April 01, 2011
The success of the Family Practice & Counseling Network (FPCN) in Philadelphia, Pa., has had everything to do with community. In fact, it was the community who first came calling.

March 23, 2011
People in New Hampshire are proud of being out front on important issues. It naturally follows that the state’s small size and iconoclastic nature have made it a pioneering site in transforming health care delivery.

March 23, 2011
Nurse-led Medical Homes: Increasing Access to Quality Care At the Center of the Safety Net

October 10, 2010
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) is broad in scope, containing ten titles covering: provision of quality affordable healthcare, role of public programs, improving the quality and efficacy of health care, transparency and program integrity, improving access to innovative medical therapies, community living assistance services and support, revenue provisions, and strengthening quality and affordable healthcare for all Americans.

We are very pleased to announce that Joyce Hahn, PhD, APRN-CNS, NEA-BC has been appointed as Executive Director of the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care.

On Wednesday February 17, 2010 NAQC was pleased to host over 60 participants at the launch of the 2 year initiative. Remarks were given by Drs. Jean Johnson and Ellen Dawson from George Washington University, Dr. Michael Painter from Robert Wood Johnson, and Dr. Geraldine Bednash of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Participants expressed enthusiasm at the opportunity to form a broad-based alliance around the unifying and essential topic of quality and safety.

Papers

Whitepaper - March 25, 2013

By Judy E. Davidson DNP, CNS, RN, Nancy L. Falk, PhD, MBA, RN, Pat Kleba, MSN, and Jan Bull, MPA

The 3.1 million nurses in the U.S. workforce are set to play integral roles in ACOs, helping to provide high-quality, patient-centered care while reducing costs.

From the 2012 NAQC Conference Booklet

By Judy E. Davidson DNP, CNS, RN, Nancy L. Falk, PhD, MBA, RN, Pat Kleba, MSN, and Jan Bull, MPA

Call for Measure: Quality Measure Work

National Quality Forum: is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans through setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement; endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance; and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs.

  • Kurtzman ET, Dawson EM, Johnson JE. A current state of nursing performance measurement, public reporting, and value-based purchasing. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2008;9(3):181-191.

Policy and Health Care Quality Leadership

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which will control health care costs, provide access to quality, affordable health care for Americans, and reduce the deficit.

Quality & Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN): educational strategies that promote quality and safety competency development in nursing.

Related Articles

  • Hahn, J. (2010). Integrating professional and political awareness into the curriculum. Nurse Educator, 35(3) 110-113.
  • Hahn, J. (2009). Power dynamics, health policy and politics. MEDSURG Nursing.18(3), 197-199.
  • Kurtzman ET, Dawson EM, Johnson JE, Sheingold BH. Nurses should drive health reform. Am J Nurs. 2010 Jan;110(1):11.
  • Kurtzman, ET. Unifying nursing's policy voice [Epub ahead of print]. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2009; Mar 25.
  • Kurtzman, ET. Planning a national nursing quality and safety alliance: strengthening nursing's policy voice. JONA. 2009;39:2:47-50.
  • Gardner, D. Ten Lessons in Collaboration. OJIN. 2005

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For questions, contact us at:

American Nurses Association
8515 Georgia Avenue
Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492

Phone: 301.628.5000
Toll-Free: 1.800.274.4262

Email: naqc@ana.org

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