Quality Care Assurance programs are intended to assure and improve the quality of care given by healthcare professionals. The concept includes:
-Assessment or evaluation of the quality of care
-Identification of problems in the delivery of care
-Designing activities to overcome these shortcomings
-Follow-up monitoring to ensure the effectiveness of the corrective activities
The College of Nurses of Ontario has a Quality Assurance Program based on the principle that lifelong learning is vital in order to maintain competence. This program is designed to support nurses in practicing according to the College’s standards of practice, facilitate practice development in areas of improvement and increase public confidence in the nursing profession. The components of the Quality Assurance Program are: self-assessment (reflecting on practice and developing learning goals), and nurses may be selected to complete a practice assessment and a peer assessment.