INQRI grantees Pat Noga and Barry Kitch led a project which evaluated the experiences of hospitals in two states that had mandated the implementation of the National Quality Forum's Nursing-Sensitive Measures. The team found that reaching agreement on the measures was a substantial and lengthy undertaking, and that while hospital leaders believed that public reporting of nurse sensitive measures was likely to have a positive impact both on the quality of nursing care and patient outcomes, they also found the initiatives to be burdensome.
Based on their research in Maine and Massachusetts (two states among the first to adopt statewide initiatives for the public reporting of nursing performance through the use of nurse sensitive measures), INQRI researchers Pat Noga and Barry Kitch believe it is possible to publicly report measures of nursing quality and that doing so can have a positive impact on the quality of care.
In 2004, the National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed a set of nursing sensitive measures, with the goal to provide hospitals, the public and purchasers with comparative measures that accurately reflect nursing performance. Massachusetts and Maine were among the first states to adopt statewide initiatives for the public reporting of nursing performance through the use of nurse sensitive measures.