- The overarching purpose of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative is to face the challenge of training future nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) required to improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems in which they operate.
- QSEN faculty and a National Advisory Board created quality and safety competencies for nursing and set targets for the knowledge, abilities, and attitudes to be developed in nursing pre-licensure programs for each competency, based on the Institute of Medicine1 competencies. The six tables below contain these criteria as a resource for curricular creation in formal academic programs, transition to practice, and continuing education programs.
QSEN faculty have defined pre-licensure and graduate quality and safety competencies for nursing, as well as proposed targets for the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be developed in nursing pre-licensure programs for each competency, based on the Institute of Medicine’s (2003) competencies for nursing.
- Patient-Centered Care
- Teamwork & Collaboration
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Quality Improvement
QSEN pursues strategies to build will and develop effective teaching approaches to ensure that future graduates develop competencies in patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics, led by a national advisory board and distinguished faculty.
Teaching and Learning Techniques
- The peer-reviewed strategies available on our website are listed below. A volunteer QSEN Strategy reviewer conducts a blind peer evaluation of each strategy submitted.
- The reviewer will give you feedback on your edits before you submit them. You can browse the strategies or search for them by author, title, or keywords.
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