QSEN: Ready for a New Home

Jun 8, 2012, 1:00 PM, Posted by

Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Beerstecher-Blackwell Professor and former dean, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since its creation in 2005, she has led the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


In Tucson last week, more than 400 educators from nursing education and practice settings celebrated a transition in leadership for the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) website and National Forum. As of August 2012, support for these important resources will transfer from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Seven years ago, a small committed group of people began work aimed at altering nursing professional identity formation so that a new type of nursing school graduate would be developed—someone who would come into the workforce with the knowledge and skills necessary to both deliver excellent care to individuals and continuously improve the health care systems in which they work. We worked hard to build the will to change, generate ideas about how to develop each of six quality and safety competencies, and support execution through changes in accreditation of programs. And just before our third QSEN National Forum, publishers Wiley-Blackwell released the new book, Quality and Safety in Nursing, edited by Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN.

I have immensely enjoyed nurturing this QSEN initiative for more than seven years, and passing the baton of leadership last Friday was a poignant transition in my life. But it was time, as I move from regular to part-time work, to ensure that the momentum for change continues its upward trajectory.

One of the biggest pleasures of the last eight years has been watching young leaders step up to the challenge of altering curricula, courses, simulation and clinical teaching. During this time, Mary Dolansky, PhD, RN, Associate Professor at CWRU, led several impressive initiatives to change courses and curricula in her own school, develop and lead interprofessional efforts in quality and safety competency development, and serve as a nursing faculty mentor in the national Veterans Administration Quality Scholars Program.

At the closing session of the QSEN Forum in Tucson, she provided a dynamic vision for the future of QSEN and introduced a stellar team of faculty who will assist her in leading us onward into the future.

She has my best wishes, enduring gratitude, and full support for the joys and challenges of QSEN leadership that will now be hers.

Read more about the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses project.

Read more about the QSEN’s transition from UNC to Case Western Reserve University.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.