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AACN Extends National Nurse Faculty Development Initiative with New Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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For Immediate Release

AACN Extends National Nurse Faculty Development Initiative with

New Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Teaching Resources and QSEN Faculty Development Institutes Planned
for Those Teaching in Master’s and Doctoral Nursing Programs

Washington, D.C., February 28, 2012 — The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded $964,388 in new funding to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to extend the reach of the national Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative to graduate education programs. Building on work completed by AACN at the undergraduate level, this new project will provide educational resources and training to enhance the ability of faculty in master’s and doctoral nursing programs to teach quality and safety competencies.

“Academic leaders have long recognized the strong link between nursing education and the ability to provide safe patient care,” said AACN President Kathleen Potempa. “Through this new initiative, AACN will leverage its strengths in consensus-building, competency development, and faculty education to transform how quality and safety content is taught in graduate schools of nursing across the country. We are grateful to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for its continuing and generous support of this critical work.”

During this phase of QSEN, AACN will collaborate with expert consultants and stakeholders to achieve four primary goals, specifically:

  • Developing consensus on the quality and safety competencies that must be accomplished in a graduate nursing program;
  • Creating learning resources, modules, and interactive case studies to help prepare graduates with the competencies needed to provide quality and safe care;
  • Hosting workshops to train faculty from over half of the nation’s graduate-level nursing programs and their clinical partners to facilitate the implementation of the consensus-based competencies; and
  • Developing a Web-based learning program, a speakers’ bureau, an online collaboration community, and content-specific teaching materials for graduate-level faculty and their clinical partners.

Materials created through this initiative will be disseminated to all graduate schools of nursing through Webinars, journal articles, and Web resources, as well as other communication channels. AACN is now in the process of convening a panel of experts in the field of quality and safety education and graduate-level practice to advance the goals of this project. A new series of QSEN faculty development workshops for those teaching in master’s and doctoral programs will commence in early 2013.

During Phase III of QSEN that spanned from 2009 to early 2012, AACN hosted eight faculty development institutes to better prepare nurse faculty in undergraduate programs to teach quality and safety content. Regional trainings were held in San Antonio, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, and Charleston, SC.  This work was extended to faculty and clinical educators in the San Francisco Bay Area thanks to generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. For more details on AACN’s engagement with the national QSEN initiative, see

To find out more about national QSEN initiatives, including competencies, learning modules, and teaching strategies, see

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 690 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.



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