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Health Literacy: Incorporating QSEN (Quality and Safety Education in Nursing) Competencies into a Senior Capstone Project and Paper

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011 in Teaching Strategies |

This is an integrative project that requires the student to connect and relate what they have learned throughout the nursing program. The product to be turned in is a paper that is scholarly, evidence based, and experiential. Two parts of the paper are turned in. The first part is scholarly and evidence based and can be turned in by the fourth week of the semester. The second part is experiential and should be turned in by the twelfth week of the semester. Directions Part 1 You will be doing a two part paper/project on Health Literacy integrating the QSEN competencies into your performance and then writing a paper reporting on that project. After reading a minimum of four original research articles, identify and discuss in your paper the best current evidence on health literacy. In the introduction to your paper, define health literacy, explain why health literacy is important in today’s healthcare environment, provide the rationale for ensuring that patients should become more health literate. Identify particular barriers to health literacy that you expect you will encounter in the particular population of patients that you are dealing with i.e. oncology patients,  ICU patients, elder patients, children, etc. This is determined by your clinical assignment and the unit that you are on. When you write, use your own words as much as possible so that you demonstrate that you understand health literacy and how it relates to your patient population. You are encouraged to use cause-effect diagrams and flow charts to help make your discussion more clear. Directions Part 2 Among the patients who you are assigned to this semester, identify a patient with limited health literacy. Using the language of the QSEN (Knowledge, Skills & Attitudes) KSA’s, discuss your interventions  to improve the patient’s  (and perhaps family’s) health literacy . The goal is to show that you improved at least one aspect of this patient’s understanding of their disease management. Do not make it a litany of the entire patient teaching that you did for a patient. (Read Cronenwett, L., Sherwood, G., Barnsteiner, J., Disch, J., Johnson, J., Mitchell, P., and Warren, J. (2007). Quality and safety education for...

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Integration of QSEN competencies when designing simulation scenarios

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010 in Teaching Strategies |

Task analysis is a detailed examination of the knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) that are essential to job performance and an important first step in the process of developing learning outcomes for simulation-based training. QSEN offered a detailed list of KSAs that are critical to the nursing profession. We used this information to design learning activities and simulation events that would elicit such KSAs from students. This strategy describes a planning process which has helped our nursing faculty share ideas and craft scenarios best suited to the needs of their students. First, QSEN competencies were associated with examples of learning activities and events that might occur before, during and after simulation scenarios (see Summary). For instructors new to simulation, the summary offered a preview of possible learning outcomes and in some cases, inspiration to engage in the process. It also led to discoveries which are likely to influence our future plans for simulation scenarios. For example, we noted that KSAs related to Quality Improvement had been overlooked. In addition, we identified a need for more advanced communication challenges such as the need to consider boundaries of therapeutic relationships, barriers to active patient involvement and conflict resolution. Next, we examined key elements of our existing simulation scenarios, in relation to QSEN competencies. Five simulation scenarios serving first-year students in medical-surgical settings have been analyzed using this framework (see Table). From this analysis, we identified core features that were emphasized in every simulation, along with special features that made each scenario unique. We expect to adopt a similar approach to planning scenarios as our simulation program expands to meet the needs of more advanced students and nursing specialty...

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Developing A QSEN Competency Checklist for Simulation Experiences

Posted by on Jun 7, 2010 in Teaching Strategies |

This strategy utilizes the QSEN Competency Checklist for Simulation Experiences developed by LRC Faculty at The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. The checklist incorporates the six QSEN competencies and their related KSAs. This tool guides faculty in the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation experiences for undergraduate nursing students. The checklist ensures the inclusion of QSEN competencies and related KSAs for every simulation experience. Faculty have used this checklist in conjunction with The NLN’s Simulation Design Template to guide their simulation...

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Quality and Safety Education for Nurses: An Introduction to the Competencies and the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes

Posted by on Apr 11, 2010 in Teaching Strategies |

This powerpoint presentation is a brief overview for individuals that are unfamiliar with the IOM/QSEN competencies and wish to introduce ideas that promote development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that support the competencies.  It includes direct links to helpful resources such as the First Touch web site, to Infection Control Bundles at The Joint Commission web site, and to the TeamSTEPPS video collection at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality web...

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A template for simulation scenario development that incorporates QSEN competencies

Posted by on Jun 29, 2009 in Teaching Strategies |

Effective simulations engage students in realistic problems that require clinical data and decision-making, along with the opportunity to reflect on their practice. As interest in building simulation cases started to increase across our nursing faculty, it was felt that a design template would be useful to guide development and encourage incorporation of QSEN competencies. In future scenarios, an effort will be made to thread elements of patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, safety, and...

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