Embedding QSEN Competencies in Beginning Clinical Courses

Introduction

This teaching module focuses on the value of the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN) for clinical education in nursing. Nursing clinical educators have always valued quality and safety, yet changes in nursing practice are requiring new approaches for preparing students to provide safe, quality care. Embedding QSEN competencies across nursing curricula, beginning with early clinical courses, is essential. This module highlights how clinical educators in early clinical courses can provide opportunities to engage students in activities that promote QSEN competencies. Additionally, this module focuses on which knowledge, skill and attitude elements (KSAs) are best suited for early clinical courses, and strategies for utilizing KSAs across clinical education settings. Finally, an expert clinical instructor demonstrates innovative strategies for applying QSEN competencies in clinical education teaching strategies.

Objectives

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Explain current influences on quality and safety in healthcare that are shaping current expectations in clinical nursing education
  • Employ updated definitions of quality and safety that impact emerging models in clinical nursing education
  • Design innovative strategies for early clinical courses to effectively integrate the QSEN competencies into several clinical settings in clinical nursing education

Contributors

  • Gail E. Armstrong, ND, RN, CNE
  • Amy J. Barton, PhD, RN
  • Katherine Foss, MSN, RN

Content

Nursing faculty at the University of Colorado Denver are actively embedding QSEN competencies across the curriculum. The following three presentations describe this work and provide examples to demonstrate how these competencies can be fostered from the very beginning of nursing programs

Part 3c

View this presentation full screen

Resources

Video

The following video segments will provide you additional resources for embedding QSEN competencies into your early clinical courses. In the first video, listen to faculty from the University of Colorado Denver discuss their ongoing efforts. In the second video, watch Kathy Foss, an expert clinical instructor, in-action with her clinical group as she fosters their quality and safety competencies.

 

Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 5 Million Lives Campaign

National Quality Forum’s 30 Safe Practices for Better Healthcare

Nursing Sensitive Indicators

National Patient Safety Foundation

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has a list of patient safety organizations by geographic location or alphabetically

Many states have a Hospital Report Card where patients can track safety outcomes. Here is Colorado’s Hospital Report Card

 

Reimbursement and Safety/Quality Indicators

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated a policy in October of 2008 to no longer reimburse clinical agencies for “never events.”

See the following website, “Medicare Takes New Steps To Help Make Your Hospital Stay Safer”.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has four Open School modules on Patient Safety that review some of the most up to date and relevant content in safety in healthcare. They can be found in the IHI Open School course catalog:

Using checklists, see: Gawande, A. (2007). The checklist. The New Yorker, December 10 issue. Available at www.gawande.com

 

Bibliography

Coming Soon

 

Discussion

Coming Soon