Why Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Matters in Practice

Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing (04/26/19) Vol. 50, No. 5, P. 199 Altmiller, Gerry; Hopkins-Pepe, Loraine

The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Collaboration emphasizes six competencies required by all healthcare providers to transform the healthcare system, according to researchers from the College of New Jersey and the Einstein Healthcare Network. These competencies focus on patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, use of evidence-based practice, quality improvement skills, integrated use of informatics, and safety. Although originally conceived for nursing education, QSEN competencies can serve as an effective framework to fuel excellence and uphold the lifelong learning required by nursing professionals. With these competencies, education programs can address common practice challenges, including medication errors, pressure injuries, and falls. Embedding them within educational initiatives provides a standardized architecture for content development, and outlines goals to improve the clarity of the material delivered. Integrating the QSEN competencies allows continuing education and professional development educators to stress the underlying reasons for nursing interventions and highlight the evidence driving care. Framing educational offerings in these competencies also enables educators to promote quality and safety, while their incorporation into practice-based education programs impels educators to update and renew course content.

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