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Authors

  1. Allen, Diane E. MN, RN, BC
  2. Bockenhauer, Barbarajo MSN, ARNP, CS
  3. Egan, Carolyn MSN, RN, BC
  4. Kinnaird, Leah S. EdD, RN

Abstract

Healthcare professionals must find ways to accelerate the diffusion of knowledge within their organizations. Although nurses have extraordinary access to patient care data, they may underestimate their roles as data managers and innovators of change, and relinquish control of data to others. The authors discuss how nurses at an acute psychiatric hospital collect and report their own data to show the direct relationship between outcomes and excellence in nursing practice. Knowledge that is gained through practice is shared to inspire and sustain needed changes.