(Answered) NURS 4005 week 4 discussion: Nurse/Patient Empowerment

As a nurse, you are the individual who has the ability to empower patients in the decision-making process pertaining to their health care. In addition, you are in a unique position to empower your nursing colleagues to improve job satisfaction and use performance indicator data from dashboards to effect social change.

In this week’s Learning Resources, you examined both the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) and the key role nurses play as advocates for patient rights. To assist nurses in being better prepared for this role, programs such as Patient Care Partnership provide guidance.

For this Discussion, you will analyze the use of quality improvement data and discuss how this data can help empower both patients and nurses. Review the Patient Care Partnership information presented in this week’s Resources. In addition, reflect on the media presentation and the information shared by Ms. Manna on patients’ rights.

By Day 3

Respond to the following:

  • What are the best strategies the nurse can employ to empower patients and support patients’ rights to improve quality of care? (Some considerations to keep in mind may include: providing information on effectiveness, risks, and benefits of alternative treatments.)
  • In what ways can NDNQI data from dashboards or quality improvement data be used to support nurse empowerment in practice?
  • How has your institution empowered the nursing staff through the use of quality improvement data?
  • Provide an example of how you have personally empowered either a patient or a fellow nurse.


Actively engaging patients in their care are highly essential as it hugely facilitates in the realization of the “triple aim” of enhanced health outcome, better patient care, and reduced healthcare costs (Dempsey & Assi, 2018). Some of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) provisions motivate providers to engage and empower patients to be proactive in their health care. Some of the best strategies that providers can use in empowering patients’ engagement in their care include patient activation and empowerment strategy in which patient activation entails the knowledge, skills, as well as confidence of patients to manage their health whilst patient empowerment entails the self-efficacy and capacity for patients to make informed decisions regarding their care (Chen, Mullins, Novak, & Thomas, 2016)….Please click the icon below to purchase the full solution at $5