Guest Editorial

Do You Know Quality Care When You See It?

Assessment, communication
CJON 2011, 15(6), 583-584. DOI: 10.1188/11.CJON.583-584

The mission of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care, but have you ever considered how that mission comes to life in your daily practice? Just as it can be challenging to describe the essence of nursing practice beyond listing specific tasks we perform each day, it may be difficult to routinely identify high-quality care. Our time is often drawn to clearly problematic areas of clinical care. Although this always will be necessary, changes associated with healthcare reform, reimbursement, and accreditation efforts highlight the need to also demonstrate consistently good clinician performance and patient outcomes.

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