Category Archives: Quality and Safety Education for Nurses
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog is asking diverse experts: What is and isn’t working in health professions education today, and what changes are needed to prepare a high-functioning health and health care workforce that can meet the country’s current and emerging needs? Today’s post is by Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and associate dean for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and co-investigator for RWJF’s Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN).
Never have so many forces converged to compel transformation in nursing education. The revealing reports in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Quality Chasm series identified serious gaps in patient safety and quality-of-care outcomes and fueled a debate on changes required in health care professions education if we are to improve. Changes in health care delivery systems and financing, advancements in knowledge, and breakthrough reports on the future of nursing ignite discussions on implementing changes in nursing education necessary to change patient care outcomes.
In the forefront of transforming the paradigm of nursing education, the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project defined the competencies for integrating a quality and safety framework for nursing (Cronenwett et al, 2007; Cronenwett et al, 2009). Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), QSEN identified the knowledge, skills and attitudes for the six competencies identified by the IOM: All health professionals must be able to deliver patient-centered care using teamwork and collaboration, within a framework of evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and safety using informatics.
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.