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  1. Donaldson, Nancy DNSc, RN, FAAN
  2. Brown, Diane Storer PhD, RN, FNAHQ
  3. Aydin, Carolyn E. PhD
  4. Bolton, M. Linda Burnes DPH, RN, FAAN
  5. Rutledge, Dana N. PhD, RN


Using nursing quality benchmarks in operational dashboards and translating those data to drive performance excellence is a strategic imperative. Since access to unit-level, hospital-generated nurse-related benchmarks is an emerging arena, the authors provide an overview of aggregated trends and benchmarks gleaned from the California Nursing Outcome Coalition acute care database for 2 established nurse-related quality indicators-patient falls incidence and hospital-acquired pressure ulcer prevalence. Integrating these acute care benchmarks into clinical dashboards can be invaluable to clinicians, administrators, and policy makers who share a common commitment to expediting evidence-based improvement in patient care safety, outcomes, and excellence.