Starting in 2010, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) supported implementation in the San Francisco Bay Area of the evidence-based Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (“QSEN”) program through annual regional QSEN Institutes; the QSEN program educated nursing school faculty in six specific competency areas and supported them in incorporating these competencies into their undergraduate and entry-level masters RN curriculum. Feedback from participating nursing faculty in 2010 and 2011 indicated that they needed more training in the QSEN informatics KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes). GBMF commissioned the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing (UM SON) to develop and pilot a deep dive nursing informatics workshop (DDW) in the San Francisco Bay Area, in light of the UM SON’s expertise in the area of informatics and relationships/partnerships with biomedical health informaticians. The goal of the workshop was to develop the content and skills of local nursing school faculty so that they would more effectively develop the QSEN informatics KSAs in pre-licensure students.

The 2.5 day DDW was held October 2012. Participant feedback was very positive.  The content of the workshop aligned with the SFBA QSEN Institutes workshops, while deepening the knowledge and adding additional teaching strategies for nursing informatics.  The workshop format included large group lectures, small group discussions and interactive exercises. Strategies and case studies for incorporating the workshop content into undergraduate curriculums were shared so that faculty could more easily incorporate the informatics competencies into their courses.

UM SON is now focusing on expanding implementation of the pilot QSEN Informatics Deep Dive training to nursing school faculty outside of the SFBA, leading to more faculty having the content and skills to teach nursing informatics at the pre-licensure level.  Expansion of the Informatics Deep Dive training will further strengthen implementation of the QSEN curriculum enhancements underway in the SFBA and nationally. Approaches being developed by UM SON include: a web based course (“Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics”) and instructor manual aimed at educating faculty on nursing informatics and how to teach it to pre-licensure nursing students; a pre-conference workshop aimed at providing a review of the online course described above and guidelines for how to teach it; a Health Information Technology for Nurse Educator’s certificate program (for academic credit); plus a series of webinars and WebExs on individual topics.

The first pre-conference workshop was conducted on November 19, 2014 in Baltimore, MD just prior to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Education Conference and feedback was very positive.  A series of webinars on integrating nursing informatics content and teaching methods in the curriculum of pre-licensure students are scheduled for 1 pm central time zone on January 21, February 25, March 26 and April 22, 2015 through AACN website and are open to members and non-members at no charge.

For more information, contact Tom Clancy at clanc027@umn.edu.

Dr. Clancy will be featured at the 2015 QSEN National Forum.