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Empirical Outcomes

How we know Upstate Nursing makes a difference!


To demonstrate how Upstate NursiSummary of Empirical Outcomes - graphicng provides excellent patient care with the best possible outcome we are required to measure and track what nursing does and outcomes related to our practice. “Empirical” refers to a result or outcome that has been validated by data to show that real change has occurred because of a particular action or process change.






  • The standards that Magnet hospitals must attain are rigorous and demanding.
  • Magnet designation requires continual improvement. Nurses at Magnet Hospitals consistently outperform non-Magnet organizations with better patient outcomes and report higher patient satisfaction rates.
  • Nurses in a Magnet designated organization research & develop evidence based care models that lead the organization in making changes which result in improved outcomes for our patients, their families & the communities we serve.
  • Magnet organizations have to outperform national benchmarks on nurse sensitive indicators such as Falls, HAPI, CLABSI, CAUTI, VAP, Restraints, Pediatric IV Infiltrations to achieve Magnet designation and to maintain it. It is the right thing to do for our patient’s, to provide high-quality care, a safer environment and better patient outcomes.

Examples at of Empirical Outcomes at Upstate:

  • Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) Model used to document improvements and change
  • Each Upstate Nursing Unit (Inpatient & Ambulatory) has a specific report on their progress in meeting Magnet Measures. It is called the Unit Level Summary of Outcomes which are the Quality indicators for Nursing. These are referred to as the “big three” outcome measures that we are monitoring:  
    • Nurse satisfaction/RN Engagement
    • Patient satisfaction: Inpatient & Ambulatory
    • Nurse Sensitive indicators: Inpatient & Ambulatory