Diffusing QSEN Competencies Across Schools of Nursing

The AACN/RWJF Faculty Development Institutes

The competency integration of the six Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) core competencies through regional institutes are reviewed in this paper.

Safety, patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics are the six prelicensure competencies across schools of nursing in the U.S. 

From January 2010 through November 2011, 662 prelicensure programs were represented among the eight institutes in a 2.5-day interactive program implementing a train-the-trainer approach. Preinstitute data was collected for Institutes 3 through 8 (upon recognition of the need for benchmark data). Postinstitute survey data was collected after year one and year two. 

Key Finding:

  • Over the course of two years, all faculty reported an increase in the integration of QSEN competencies.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded a grant to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to offer eight QSEN Institutes to help diffuse quality and safety into the curriculum. Over 1,100 nursing faculty attended, and survey results show that they have effectively transformed their courses to incorporate QSEN content.

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