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International Journal of Advances in Nursing Management
Year : 2016, Volume : 4, Issue : 3
First page : ( 317) Last page : ( 320)
Print ISSN : 2347-8632. Online ISSN : 2454-2652.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-2652.2016.00071.8

Nursing Empowerment for Quality Improvement

Dr. Radhakrishnan G.1,*, Dr. Anuchithra S.2

1Asst. Professor, Department of Nursing, NIMHANS, Bangalore-560029

2Professor and HOD, OBG Nursing, Government College of Nursing, SDS TRC and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, Bangalore-560029

*Corresponding Author's Email: rk@nimhans.ac.in

Online published on 12 January, 2017.

Abstract

In the era of consumerism, quality of care is inevitable regardless of the health care setting. Nursing leaders, in employment settings or in professional organizations, exercise power in making professional judgements in their day to day activities. Power is authority over others. Empowerment, in contrast, it is authority purposefully shared with others. Nursing empowerment means the ability to effectively motivate and mobilize self and others to accomplish positive outcomes in nursing practice and work environment. Quality improvement is an organised process that assesses and evaluates health services to improve practice or quality of care. The nurse's empowerment and patient quality care are both the sides of same coin. The empowered team influences staff morale, productivity, staff retention and associated costs, patient care quality, and patient safety. Enhancing leadership skills, being a positive change agent, education upgradation and being an Evidence Based Practice (EBP) cheerleader abilities are required for nurses to become an empowered professional to render quality care. The factors contributing to nurse empowerment are: Decision-making, Autonomy, Manageable workload, Fairness, Reward and Recognition. Nursing empowerment becomes an inevitable component to achieve quality improvement in any health care setting.

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Keywords

Empowerment, Quality improvement, Nursing Empowerment.

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