The Quality And Safety Education For Nurses

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QSEN Project: Relevance To Growth in Nursing The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project began in 2005, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Its overall goal throughout its development has been to acknowledge and confront the challenge of ensuring that future nurses are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to maintain and improve the quality and safety of healthcare systems (Case Western Reserve University [CWRU], 2014a). The project was composed of three phases. Phase I (2005-2007) defined six competencies: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics, and safety (CWRU, 2014b). For each of the competencies, knowledge, skills, and attitudes for usage by students in nursing pre-licensure programs were outlined. Furthermore, a range of strategies for clinical, classroom, and simulation-based learning were developed for students to be successful in their respective programs. Phase II (2007-2009) was deemed as an "action phase"; fifteen pilot schools implemented the six competencies into their nursing programs and the website,, was launched in April 2007 making teaching strategies and resources easily-available to instructors (CWRU, 2014c). In this phase, QSEN also established partnerships with representatives of health care organizations to both collect data and share knowledge regarding best nursing practices. Advanced practice nurses also
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