Standard 15. Resource Utilization The registered nurse utilizes appropriate resources to plan and provide nursing services that are safe, effective and financially responsible. Resource Utilization Resource utilization is the amount of a good and service consumed or the pattern of use of a good or service within a specified time period. • Nurses have a key role in determining health care resource needs, obtaining those resources and often participating in the allocation of scarce resources. • Quality care remains the goal in healthcare and outcomes focused plans of care have been shown to contain resource utilization and enhance quality • Applications of the Standard Education Current nursing education stresses the use of evidence to inform practice and to develop an evidence-based practice to be effective and efficient. Applications of the Standard Administration Coordinate and monitor the quality and cost effectiveness of health care resource utilization in their organization, both personnel and patient care. Applications of the Standard Quality Improvement The standard of safe, effective and financially responsible nursing care demands that nurses participate in the identification of waste, redundancy, errors, and inefficient and unsafe systems. Applications of the Standard Research Point-of-care evaluation of the utilization of resources; i.e., Transitional Care Models, Comparative Effectiveness.