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Adhering to established appointment time constraints will also help the flow of the patient’s other appointments within the facility. The quality outcome goal is to improve the time of contrast medication to within 30 minutes of patient arrival time. Initiating patient exams and delivering patient contrast media within 30 minutes of patient arrival will help patient’s decrease their length of stay in the hospital. If the unit can adhere to the times of patient appointment slots then the patient traffic flow within the unit will improve. Adhering to the goal of administering contrast to patients in a timely manner will also help to reduce radiation exposures to other patients waiting to be tested as there will be fewer patients waiting to be tested.3
C 161 Principles of Organizational Performance ManagementThe safety outcome goal in the unit is to decrease the number of patient falls within the Nuclear Medicine Department. There are many patients that come to the unit in a mobility compromised state. Decreasing the number of falls in the unit by providing extra mobility assistance staff trained in patient positioning and movement will decrease the injuries to both patients and staff. The employee engagement outcome goal is to increase the number of Master’s degree prepared nurses in the Nuclear Medicine Department. Having nurses with higher education within the unit will improve the level of care for the patients being seen. It will also improve the overall knowledge base of the nurses within the unit. The unit will run more efficiently and will retain staff more readily. B1.One additional indicator that would be important for a nurse leader to monitor on a regular basis as part of the performance data scorecard would be that the cost efficiency of the unit would improve. As the unit becomes more efficient, the cost to run it would decrease. The potential savings can be reinvested in the education of the staff and increase the salaries of the staff across the board. This will further aid in employee retention and job satisfaction. Patients will benefit from the increased level of education by receiving an increased level of care while being seen in the Nuclear Medicine Department.C.4
C 161 Principles of Organizational Performance ManagementThere are three advantages of the performance data scorecard are: defined structure to thestrategy to be implemented, communication within the department is improved, and it keeps the strategy at forefront. Having a defined structure for employees to follow will help all employees understand more easily the strategic goals of the unit. The will help keep the goals at the forefront and will help make tracking those goals easier. By providing the strategic plan in an easy to read layout will help management in communicating the plan with their staff. The scorecard is an easy to read visual aid. It is a simple, clean, direct way of implementing the facility’s goals. The scorecard will help to keep the goals at the forefront, especially with regularreviews of the scorecard. Because the scorecard is easy to review, it makes it easy to track and achieve facility goals.