Nursing Quality (NDNQI)

Improve Care Quality, Prevent Adverse Events with Deep Nursing Quality Insights

Nurses are at the forefront of the mission to reduce suffering and deliver patient-centered care. By providing a national database and RN surveys for examining relationships between nursing and patient outcomes, the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI®) delivers evidence to support the importance of nurse sensitive measures in overall patient experience strategy. The Press Ganey Nursing Excellence Solution combines NDNQI® nursing quality indicators with patient experience and nurse engagement survey data to provide nursing leaders with a single, comprehensive source of insights.

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More than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems, including 95% of Magnet® recognized facilities, participate in the NDNQI program to measure nursing quality, improve nurse engagement, strengthen the nursing work environment, assess staffing levels and improve reimbursement under current pay for performance policies.  Nursing-sensitive structure, process and outcomes measures monitor relationships between quality indicators and outcomes, including hospital-acquired conditions and adverse events subject to the CMS non-payment rule, such as pressure injuries.

With powerful, unit-level data, NDNQI reporting enables action-planning and intervention for specific units needing improvement. Comprehensive system-level views support leadership with insights and facilitate alignment across the system. NDNQI helps hospitals achieve the highest levels of nursing performance by tracking progress and meeting data requirements for the Magnet Recognition Program®.

Capture the Voice of Nursing to Improve Quality

The NDNQI RN surveys capture the voices of more than 300,000 nurses annually to provide insights to drive quality improvements with those directly responsible for the patient experience. These focused, Magnet-compliant surveys measure job satisfaction and evaluate the practice environment. Reports provide actionable insights, helping hospitals identify needs of nurses, improve nurses’ work environment and enhance retention and recruitment. 

The unit-level focus of the NDNQI RN surveys enables hospitals to develop more effective, finely targeted improvements, and also helps hospitals understand the relationship between the nursing sensitive quality indicators, staffing data and RN survey data.  

Contact NDNQI

To reach our team of nursing quality experts, please contact the NDNQI team directly by phone at 855.304.9788, or via email at
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