IOM Competencies of Patient-Centered Care and Quality Improvement

Maintaining the consistent quality of care and meeting the established clinical guidelines is vital for effective care delivered in a timely fashion. Therefore, a proper understanding of IOM competencies and strategies for quality improvement is a crucial requirement for any nurse. By focusing on teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as cross-cultural communication with patients, a nurse will be able to meet the set standards and ensure that the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) of nurses meet the required standards for patient-oriented care.

Similarly, opportunities for quality improvement can be pursued once nurses are given the impetus to accept the role of a leader and introduce patients to the principles of health literacy while keeping the process of data sharing within a team. As long as all patient data remains available to every team member, the efficacy of a nursing response to a respective need will be amplified substantially (Whitehead et al., 2017). Therefore, the principles of workplace, evidence-based, and interdisciplinary learning must be integrated into the clinical environment as key KSA.

Finally, the proposed change will imply increased patient safety in the hospital settings, which aligns with the recent update in the standards for care. Namely, the enhanced focus on the patient-centered approach as the main strategy for improving the delivery of health-related services should become the main direction in the development of healthcare services (Whitehead et al., 2017). For this reason, devices for enhanced communication and data processing are to be incorporated into the clinical setting. Likewise, the issue of patient safety must be revisited to develop instructions with more accurate and concise guidelines. Thus, nurses will be able to respond to emergencies promptly and choose the necessary action course accordingly. Consequently, the performance of the nursing staff will rise in its quality and consistency, leading to better health outcomes and faster recovery rates.


Whitehead, D., Dittman, P. W., & McNulty, D. (2017). Leadership and the advanced practice nurse: the future of a changing health-care environment. FA Davis.