It is important for nurses to stay abreast of current issues and trends in our field. Use this opportunity to develop or enhance your expertise on your chosen topic.
This Assignment introduces you to the Walden Library. The Library is an invaluable resource for discovering nursing and health care–related databases and professional articles. Practice and refine your paraphrasing skills.
To prepare
Review the Week 3 Assignment 1 Rubric, provided in the Course Information area.
Review the AWE Checklist and Additional Resources for your Assignment:
1000 AWE Level Assignment Template
TOP Ten BSN Reference and Citations
Complete Walden SafeAssign and Academic Integrity Online Tutorial, provided in this week’s Learning Resources.
Use the 1000 AWE Level Assignment Template found in the Resources for this week to complete your Assignment.
Explore this week’s Writing Resources and Program Success Tools, and specifically:
Use Google Scholar to search for articles related to the topic you selected. Link Google Scholar to the Walden Library using the instructions provided.
Search for articles related to the topic you selected using the Nursing Databases of the Walden Library.
Use the Walden Library to research the impact of nursing on healthcare quality as viewed through the Magnet professional practice model. Select one current (published within the last 5 years) research article on this topic to address. This week’s Library Learning Resources will guide you through your database search.
Article Response Assignment
Write a one-page summary and response to the article that you selected from the Walden Library. A template is provided in the Learning Resources to guide you in formatting your paper.
As you reflect on the findings in your chosen article, consider how the findings compare to your own professional nursing experience with Magnet, or, if you have no personal experience with Magnet, your thoughts concerning Magnet:
Paraphrase and integrate information from the article into paper.
Include an introduction, body, and a summary (conclusion).
Consider factors or principles from the article that hold true for or resonate with you.
Utilize this week’s Writing Center Course Resources to guide you through the process of paraphrasing and referencing evidence from your article. Review the AWE Checklist, Weeks 1–3, to see where you should be concerning your writing abilities. The Week 3 Assignment Rubric will keep you on track. Use Grammarly to check your writing for errors before submitting your Assignment.

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            The impact of nursing on the quality of care provided to patients is wide-ranging. Nurses possess adequate skills and knowledge that is used to serve patients with varied needs. Depending on the training and scope of practice of advanced nurse practitioners, nurses are able to take advanced roles in primary healthcare to address patients’ needs. Besides, nurses are equally informed on the expected health outcomes in the populations they serve thus are best placed to understand the services needed the most and those which are least needed. This means that a nurse’s working environment has a significant influence on the quality of nursing. The article by McHugh et al., (2013) titled lower mortality in magnet hospitals is chosen for the analysis of this paper. This article critically discusses the mortality and failure rescue rates among post-surgical patients in 56 Magnet and 508 non-magnet hospitals and the effect of nursing on the outcomes.

Impact of Nurses on Healthcare Quality

            As noted by Friese, et al., (2015), since the year 1994, the criteria for Magnet designation has significantly changed with a continuous increase in the number of Magnet-recognized healthcare organizations. By being a Magnet hospital, the following aspects ought to be met; evidence of transformational leadership, impressive professional practice, innovation, new knowledge, structural empowerment, and continuous improvement. In the study conducted by McHugh et al., (2013), data on mortality rates, failure rates, and rescue rates were critically examined. More than 100,000 nurses were also surveyed and the results showed that nurses were well organized and had a good performance in Magnet institutions as compared to non-Magnet institutions.

It was also notable that, Magnet hospitals have a higher bed capacity and function as non-profit teaching hospitals as compared to non-magnet hospitals. As a result, they have a high potential for the latest healthcare innovations for BSN nurses or even those with higher qualifications. These findings are similar to Kutney-Lee et al., (2015) who mentions that, in Magnet hospitals, nurses take time to educate their patients on diseases processes that may be suffering from and provide them with the necessary resources needed to improve disease outcomes and overall health. Nurses in Magnet hospitals also reported better working environments as compared to those in non-Magnet hospitals (Friese et al., 2015).

            This article clearly outlined the differences which exist between Magnet and non-magnet hospitals from a statistical reference. Although it failed to mention whether Magnet designation influences high-quality patient outcomes, it revealed how nurses directly impact good patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.


Beck, S. L., Weiss, M. E., Ryan-Wenger, N., Donaldson, N. E., Aydin, C., Towsley, G. L., & Gardner, W. (2013). Measuring nurses’ impact on health care quality: progress, challenges, and future directions. Medical care51, S15-S22.

Friese, C. R., Xia, R., Ghaferi, A., Birkmeyer, J. D., & Banerjee, M. (2015). Hospitals in ‘Magnet’program show better patient outcomes on mortality measures compared to non-‘Magnet’hospitals. Health Affairs34(6), 986-992.

Kutney-Lee, A., Stimpfel, A. W., Sloane, D. M., Cimiotti, J. P., Quinn, L. W., & Aiken, L. H. (2015). Changes in patient and nurse outcomes associated with magnet hospital recognition. Medical care53(6), 550.

McHugh, M. D., Kelly, L. A., Smith, H. L., Wu, E. S., Vanak, J. M., & Aiken, L. H. (2013). Lower mortality in magnet hospitals. Medical care51(5), 382.

Richards, M., Lasater, K., & McHugh, M. (2017). A Race to the Top?: Competitive Pressure and Magnet Adoption Among US Hospitals 1997–2012. Medical care55(4), 384.

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