In this particular historical moment, the focus on patient safety needs to be very concrete. This implies a widespread culture of evaluation and systematic measurements in order to understand what is the impact of nursing on the quality of care, sharing methods and tools with those who have accepted the challenge to be concrete.
Therefore, the quality of care needs to be explored according to its diemnsions of effectiveness and efficiency, as well as appropriateness, costs, and impact on output of healthcare activities and outcomes both for single patients and for the entire community.
These dimensions require an accurate quantitative analysis based on unquestionable information and related to international standards, as well as on qualitative variables that have an impact on health professionals' decision making process.
The Registered Nurse Forecasting in Europe (RN4CAST) project has already been conducted in 12 European countries: Belgium, UK, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, as well as the USA, China and South Africa.
This study, both in Europe and in the rest of the world, has highlighted connections and relations in the fields of competence, performance, and patient safety by measuring specific outcome indicators.
Drawing from international experience, we know that it is possible to compare our results with those obtained by other countries that have implemented this study despite the different health systems, and the different types of health care contexts.
The advantages of conducting this project, in addition to the single concrete actions, include the opportunity for Italy to become an active partner of a wider global system, the possibility for the hospitals that take part in the project to gain major awareness of the potential of its services that are analysed using a model that can be compared at a national and international level, and consequently make informed strategic decisions.
We can improve only if we measure, and only if we compare ourselves with others shall we be able to become an important link of a network where every intersection is a vital part, sharing not only the burden but also the value of the choices that result from this.
RN4CAST@IT, under the umbrella of the International Consortium, will be conducted by a group of researchers of the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Genoa, led by Professor Loredana Sasso who will be the Scientific Director of the Italian Project, which has received the approval of Professor Walter Sermeus, the European Coordinator of the RN4CAST International Consortium.
The first event for the Project is a meeting that will be held in Genoa on the 24th February 2015 at 10.00am (download program). At this meeting there will be the European Coordinator of RN4CAST, Prof. Walter Sermeus, and official representatives and contact persons of the hospitals that will take part in the Project