In this week’s main discussion, you shared your experiences with healthcarepractice problems as a consumer and/or as a practitioner. Now, consider your current practice setting and think about something specific and relevant to your practice setting that you would like to see improved or changed. Interview a key leader in your practice setting who can confirm that your practice problem is needed for enhancing delivery or performance in the field. It is important to remember from the beginning that your practice problem must be measurable.The practice problem identified will be the topic of both your practice experienceproject, capstone paper,and your storyboard. The capstone paper will be the detailed written explanation of the steps needed to address the practice problem using a quality improvement model. These steps will be explained during the practice experience discussion during weeks 1 –5 and presented on the quality improvement storyboard in week 6.Identify a measurable patient-centered practice problem related to quality or safety relevant to your practice setting that you will also address for your capstone project and post by Day 4 a brief descriptionof the problem and an explanation of why you selected it. Explain how the conversation you had with the key leader in your practice setting impacted your decision to address this particular practice problem. Be sure to support your practice problem with evidencethat indicates the relevance of this problem for nursing practice. Provide evidence from practice and data that is available. Some examples of practice problems youmay consider for your practice experience projectare reducing patient falls, medication errors, CAUTI, CLABSI or improving areas noted on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems(HCAHPS)scores. Post a description of the measures (data) identified from the interview, the challenges to obtaining the data that were discussed and a summary of how this quality indicator is measured in the literature.  Discuss any gaps in the data that were identified and additional sources that might be needed to obtain this dataComplicated projects, for example, improving patient throughput in the ED, or reducing the use of opioid prescriptions are beyond the scope of this beginning quality improvement project.  If you practice in an outpatient or in a non-traditional nursing role you may contact your instructor for assistance when choosing a practice experienceproject. Note:The practice problem must be related to patient outcomes. (Staffingcannot be your main practice problem for the completion of the practice experiencequality and safety project and capstone paper.)

The healthcare field is constantly evolving, with new challenges and issues arising every day. As a practitioner, it is essential to identify and address specific practice problems that can enhance the delivery and performance of healthcare. These practice problems must be measurable to ensure that progress can be tracked and improvements can be made.

For the purpose of this assignment, I have chosen to focus on a patient-centered practice problem related to quality or safety in my current practice setting. After conducting an interview with a key leader in my practice setting, I have identified the problem of medication errors as an area that needs improvement.

Medication errors are a significant issue in healthcare, with potentially serious consequences for patients. These errors can occur at any stage of the medication process, including prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, and administering. The consequences of medication errors can range from mild side effects to organ failure or even death.

During my conversation with the key leader in my practice setting, we discussed the impact of medication errors on patient outcomes. We reviewed data that indicated a higher than average rate of medication errors within our facility compared to benchmark data from other similar healthcare organizations. This data was obtained from incident reports, medication reconciliation audits, and patient feedback surveys.

The challenges to obtaining accurate data on medication errors were also discussed during the interview. It was identified that underreporting of incidents was a common issue, as healthcare professionals may be reluctant to admit their mistakes or may not recognize an error has occurred. Additionally, there were limitations in the current system for medication reconciliation, which made it difficult to track errors and identify areas for improvement.

In the literature, medication errors are measured using various quality indicators. These include the rate of medication errors per patient admission, the severity of the errors, and the types of medications most frequently involved in errors. Some studies also explore the contributing factors to medication errors, such as interruptions during medication administration or inadequate communication between healthcare team members.

While there is available data on medication errors, there are gaps in the current knowledge base. For example, there is a lack of data on the long-term consequences of medication errors and the specific interventions that are most effective in preventing errors. Additionally, there is a need for further research on the cultural and organizational factors that contribute to medication errors in different healthcare settings.

To obtain additional data on medication errors, it may be necessary to explore other sources such as electronic health records, pharmacy databases, and collaboration with other healthcare organizations. These additional sources can provide a more comprehensive understanding of the problem and assist in the development of targeted interventions.

In conclusion, the practice problem of medication errors has been identified as a significant issue in my current practice setting. Through a conversation with a key leader, it became clear that this problem has a direct impact on patient outcomes and requires attention. The challenges in obtaining accurate data on medication errors were acknowledged, and the literature highlighted the need for further research in this area. By addressing this practice problem, healthcare professionals can work towards improving medication safety and enhancing the quality of patient care.