Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Quality Indicators for Reporting and Evaluation® (NQuIRE®)

Nursing Quality Indicators for Reporting and Evaluation (NQuIRE) is the first international quality improvement initiative of its kind consisting of a database of quality indicators derived from recommendations within RNAO’s clinical Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs).

NQuIRE collects, analyzes and reports comparative data on nursing-sensitive indicators reflecting the structure, process and outcomes of care arising from BPG implementation in organizations participating in RNAO’s Best Practice Spotlight Organization® (BPSO®) designation. These health-care organizations, which exist across Canada, the US, Spain, Chile, Colombia, and Australia, will be able to use NQuIRE data to link evidence-informed nursing practice with quality-of-care outcomes.

Why Is NQuIRE Important?

The utilization of NQuIRE will provide a number of benefits for patients, nurses, organizations and health systems, including:

  • BPSO®-validated and endorsed nursing-sensitive indicators;
  • Comparative reporting within the BPSO® program for specific clinical populations, health sectors, organizations, and geographic regions, as well as meaningful data sharing and benchmarking
  • NQuIRE data will inform where and how RNAO’s BPGs are enhancing nursing practice and patient outcomes, as well as organizational and health system performance, for evidence-based decision making
  • Research opportunities to use NQuIRE to test nursing-sensitive indicators, develop/refine reliable and valid measurement tools, and identify trends in nursing practice, patient/organizational/system outcomes.

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Get more information about the Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSO).

Related Files:
NQuIRE Communique to BPSOs – August, 2013
NQuIRE Communique to BPSOs – November, 2012
NQuIRE Communique to BPSOs – July, 2012
NQuIRE Data Submission Schedule

Measuring Outcomes of Nursing Care, Improving the Health of Canadians: NNQR (C), C-HOBIC and NQuIRE

NQuIRE and Evidence-Based Nursing Order Sets: Translating RNAO BPGs into Quality Patient Outcomes
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