Date of Graduation

12-12-2014

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Department/Program

Nursing

First Advisor

Marjorie Barter EdD, RN, CNL, CENP

Second Advisor

K.T. Waxman DNP, MBA, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE

Third Advisor

Kathy Malloch PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

Abstract

As a result of the Affordable Care Act and the Institute of Medicine’s initiatives, hospitals are challenged to improve outcomes as efficiently as possible. How does the national initiative of RNs partnering with other healthcare professionals to improve the quality of patient care at a lower cost, cascade down to individual organizations? One answer may come by focusing on nurse staffing in acute care hospitals. Considering the impact RNs have on patient quality outcomes and the bottom line of hospitals, appropriate management of the RN workforce is one of the most important areas hospitals can focus on in order to meet the goals of ACA and the IOM.

The aim of the project is to create and implement a clinical information interface between two software solutions, by different vendors, that allows electronic medical record (EMR) data to provide source data for the patient classification system (PCS). The end result will be a classification system that is fully automated. The creation and implementation of a clinical interface between software solutions from different industry partners is a very new and innovative approach for advancing the use of software. No template for this work is available. This computerized information interface (CII) will allow Nurse Managers to use timely, accurate and consistent data to make informed decisions to manage the nursing workforce in the in-patient setting.