Performance Measures

Here are the 15 Nursing-Sensitive Performance Measures endorsed by the Washington, DC-based National Quality Forum:

  • death among surgical inpatients with treatable serious complications (failure to rescue);
  • pressure ulcer prevalence;
  • falls prevalence;
  • falls with injury;
  • restraint prevalence;
  • urinary catheter-associated urinary tract infection for intensive care unit (ICU) patients;
  • ventilator-associated pneumonia for ICU and high-risk nursery patients;
  • smoking cessation counseling for acute myocardial infarction;
  • smoking cessation counseling for heart failure;
  • smoking cessation counseling for pneumonia;
  • skill mix;
  • nursing care hours per patient day;
  • practice environment scale — Nursing Work Index (composite + five subscales);
  • voluntary turnover.