OVERVIEW

Launched in 2014, the National Improvement Challenge is an innovative program that seeks to improve women’s health care through the development of patient safety and quality improvement programs at the residency and educational program level.

THROUGH THE NATIONAL IMPROVEMENT CHALLENGE, THE COUNCIL SEEKS TO:

  • Foster a culture of collaboration, teamwork, patient safety, and communication between clinicians and patients to promote the Council’s mission: safe health care for every woman
  • Increase widespread implementation of the safety tools disseminated by the Council.
  • Encourage the development of patient safety and quality improvement projects in the following focus areas:
Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Births

Declaration of intent opening December 2017

ELIGIBILITY

Any individual or team in the United States currently in any of the programs listed below are eligible to participate. Health systems with any combination of the designated residency or educational programs are encouraged to submit a joint project across programs.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA, DNAP)
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Midwifery (CM, CNM)

RESIDENCY PROGRAMS

  • Anesthesia
  • Family Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application process is comprised of two steps:

STEP 1: Submission of Declaration of Intent

An interested program must declare intent by the specified cycle deadline in order to be eligible to complete the full application for that cycle. However, submission of a declaration of intent is not binding — a program may decide to not complete the full application and can leave the process at any point.

When a cycle is open, the online form for the current cycle can be found here.

STEP 2: Submission of Application Form

After an interested program has declared intent, they are eligible to complete the application. The Application Form has areas to upload the required items outlined below; it can be accessed by following the link above.

A. Project Narrative

The project narrative should be developed in Microsoft Word and uploaded directly into the online Application Form in the designated upload area.

It should following SQUIRE Guidelines and must include the following:

  • Specific objective(s) related to the project topic for the current cycle.
  • Stakeholders involved (list of all participating clinicians, patients, hospital administrators, and others who participated or are actively participating in the design and/or implementation of the project should be listed as an appendix)
  • Measurements (qualitative and/or quantitative)
  • Steps for implementation
  • Anticipated outcomes

The narrative should be single-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins and should be no longer than 4 pages. Figures, charts, and pictures may be included separately as appendices but must be described or explained in the text submission (within 4-page limit). Any references should be submitted in APA format. Institution name should appear on each page in the footer.

Please note: Approval by your institutional review board (IRB) may be required depending the project design and/or the methods of research proposed. IRB approval is dependent on your institution’s policies, and is not a required component of this application. Please check with your institution regarding the need for IRB approval.

B. Authorized Signature Form

The Authorized Signature Form must be completed by one hospital or health system administrator* for each applying institution and uploaded directly into the online Application Form in the designated upload area.

*Authorized individuals can include: hospital or health system CEO, quality and safety officer/administrator, department chair, residency program director, or other leadership designee identified by the applying institution.

EVALUATION

Submissions will be evaluated and voted on by the members of Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care on the following criteria:

Documentation of improved structures, processes, or outcomes Use of the Council’s tools (Bundles, Forms, etc.) Demonstrated multidisciplinary collaborative engagement

AWARDS

Awards will be given to the top 4 entries in each topic area. Awarded prizes include a check made payable to the institution, residency program, or educational program of up to $3,000; registration(s) for ACOG’s annual meeting or other national meeting of a clinical professional organization; and an opportunity to present the project on a national stakeholder teleconference. See below for a detailed breakdown of awards.

1st Place

  • $3000 award (check to be made payable to program)
  • Two paid registrations to ACOG’s annual meeting or other national meeting of a selected clinical professional organization*
  • Opportunity to present your project on one of the Council’s Safety Action Series calls to a national audience of patient advocates clinicians and other stakeholders (15 minute duration – 10 minutes for presentation 5 minutes for questions)

2nd Place

  • $2000 award (check to be made payable to program)
  • One paid registration to ACOG’s annual meeting or other national meeting of a selected clinical professional organization*
  • Opportunity to present your project on one of the Council’s Safety Action Series calls to a national audience of patient advocates clinicians and other stakeholders (15 minute duration – 10 minutes for presentation 5 minutes for questions)

3rd Place

  • $1000 award (check to be made payable to program)
  • Opportunity to present your project on one of the Council’s Safety Action Series calls to a national audience of patient advocates clinicians and other stakeholders (15 minute duration – 10 minutes for presentation 5 minutes for questions)

4th Place

  • Opportunity to present your project on one of the Council’s Safety Action Series calls to a national audience of patient advocates clinicians and other stakeholders (15 minute duration – 10 minutes for presentation 5 minutes for questions)

*Travel expenses for attendees to and from any awarded meetings are not covered. Registration fees will be covered for the specified number for the meeting(s) immediately following the award notice, unless other arrangements are made.

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