In order to smooth the transition from nursing graduates into competent practitioners, the QSEN initiative involved both a new innovative model for clinical education in nursing, and changes to the curriculum. ProMedica, a large regional health care system, and Lourdes University paired together in 2011 to form the academic/clinical partnership. A clinical integration partner (CIP) was employed as a liaison in facilitating the new clinical education model into the practice setting.
The model emphasized the role of the student as part of a health care team. For example, the students remain on one clinical site for the entire 15-week term, rather than attending multiple sites over the course of the semester as done in the past. (Sites are population focused and community-based, such as senior centers or homeless shelters.)
Nursing education that is deeply rooted in an innovative clinical education environment helps students envision they are part of a health care team.