Rapid Improvement Strategies: Slide Presentation

Submitter Information

Author: Shirley M. Moore, RN, PhD, FAAN
Title: Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Nursing
Institution: School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
Email: Shirley.moore@case.edu

Competency Category(s)
Quality Improvement

Learner Level(s)
Continuing Education, Graduate Students, New Graduates/Transition to Practice, Pre-Licensure ADN/Diploma, Pre-Licensure BSN, RN to BSN, Staff Development

Learner Setting(s)
Classroom, Clinical Setting

Strategy Type
Online or Web-based Modules

Learning Objectives

Describe the key focuses of rapid improvement strategies Compare
traditional and rapid improvement strategies Apply rapid improvement
strategies to an improvement initiative

Strategy Overview

One of the criticisms of CQI is that it can take a long time to plan,
test, and evaluate an improvement. Making fast changes lasting and
pervasive, rapid improvement strategies speed things up without changing
the nature of necessary improvement activities. These slides have been
used to teach rapid improvement strategies in both small and large
groups and in an electronic course on CQI. They have been used with
professional audiences (health professionals engage in quality
improvement, and with students learning quality improvement. The
students have ranged from undergraduates to physicians and other
professionals learning about process improvement. I usually have the
group do an in-class on online exercise following these slides in which
they redesign a current improvement project they are doing by applying
the rapid improvement strategies, thus allowing them to experience the
usefulness of these techniques to speed up the improvement process and
learn the strategies.

Submitted Materials

Additional Materials

I would be happy to provide more information on the use of rapid improvement strategies and how to teach them. I am best reached at Shirley.moore@case.edu

Evaluation Description

This class on rapid improvement strategies has been rated highly by
students over the past 6 years. Most important is that they describe in
their improvement projects how they applied the rapid improvement
strategies. Our students are required not just to do an improvement
project, they must show that they integrated rapid improvement
strategies.