Since October 2005, Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has been addressing the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems in which they work. Phases I and II QSEN outcomes included the development and piloting of pre-licensure competencies, five of which are from the Institute of Medicine (IOM): patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics, as well as safety.
In Phase III, the UNC School of Nursing, Chapel Hill and AACN will work to develop the faculty expertise necessary for the nation's nursing schools to teach the competencies; focus on instilling the competencies in textbooks and licensing, accreditation, and certification standards; and promote continued innovation in teaching the competencies.
AACN lead a national effort designed to enhance the ability of nursing faculty to effectively develop quality and safety competencies among graduates of their programs. This initiative used a “train the trainer” approach to prepare a cadre of nursing faculty with the capacity to:
1. lead other faculty in their institution in efforts to incorporate this content into the curriculum for nursing students,
2. teach and mentor students regarding the concepts and skills necessary for the delivery of high quality and safe patient care, and
3. train other faculty to accomplish these goals.
AACN conducted eight regional 2 ½-day meetings during 2010-2011; up to 150 nurse faculty members will attended each meeting. Regional trainings were held in San Antonio, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, and Charleston, SC. These sessions educated a more than 1,000 faculty members from entry-level nursing programs across the country.
The AACN staff are working with the following expert consultants for the institutes:
- Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
- Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, clinical professor and Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
- Jean Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior associate dean for health sciences programs, The George Washington University