2011 QSEN National Forum



The 2011 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1pm on May 31 – 12pm on June 2, 2011.

This conference was designed to attract innovators and nurture faculty leaders for the improvement of quality and safety education through sharing of innovations in curricular design and teaching strategies that accomplish QSEN competency development, research related to quality and safety education in pre-licensure and advanced practice programs, and quality improvement or safety studies.

Due to generous grant support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, registration fees for the conference were only $125. See the registration page for further details.


Preparing Health Care Professionals for the Power and Privilege of Patient and Family Centered Safety Cultures

Jim ConwayJim Conway, MS, FACHE is an expert on governance and executive leadership, patient safety, and patient and family centered care, served for many years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Boston Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, adjunct lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Distinguished Advisor to the Lucian Leape Institute for the National Patient Safety Foundation. From 2006-2010, he served as a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Quality and Cost Council.

Mr. Conway is the recipient of numerous awards including the first Individual Leadership Award in Patient Safety by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.  In 2008, he received the Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient Centered Care and in 2009 the Mary Davis Barber Heart of Hospice Award from the Massachusetts Hospice and Palliative Care Federation.


QSEN Basics:  The What and Why of Quality and Safety Competencies

Gwen SherwoodGwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing

If you want a refresher on QSEN basics before attending concurrent sessions where speakers will assume this background, you are invited to this session.  Dr. Sherwood, co-investigator of QSEN during each of its phases, will review the rationale for developing QSEN competencies and some of the initial curricular/teaching strategies that emerged in the work of faculty in the QSEN Pilot School Collaborative.

QSEN Basics:  Using Simulation to Develop QSEN Competencies

Carol DurhamCarol Fowler Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, Clinical Professor and Director, Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing

If you are thinking about introducing QSEN competency development using low- and hi-fidelity simulations, but your experience to date is limited, we invite you to this session.  Dr. Durham has been the QSEN faculty simulation expert since QSEN began, and she will cover beginning strategies for how to integrate QSEN competencies into simulated experiences.

Charting the Course: Advancing Quality and Safety through Academic-Practice Partnerships

Terry FulmerKathy RapalaTerry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Erline Perkins McGriff Professor and Dean, College of Nursing, New York University

Kathy Rapala, JD, RN, DNP, Director of Clinical Risk Management, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Academic-practice partnerships have the potential to catalyze the quality and safety competency development of nursing staff as well as nursing and inter-professional groups of students and faculty.  Each speaker in this session has created unique academic-practice partnerships in their respective settings.  You are invited to hear the experiences of these nursing leaders and consider the challenges and opportunities of partnerships as we work collectively to advance quality and safety education.

Charting the Course: Developing and Implementing QSEN Competencies in Graduate Nursing Education

Joanna PohlMonica ScheibmeirKathryn FiandtJoanne M. Pohl, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, Professor, the University of Michigan School of Nursing and Past-President of NONPF

Monica Scheibmeir, PhD, ARNP, FAANP, Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing, Washburn University

Kathryn Fiandt, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Clinical Affairs, School of Nursing, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Last spring, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties implemented a special session at their annual meeting for sharing strategies for QSEN competency development in graduate nurse practitioner programs.  You are invited to hear the same outstanding speakers at this year’s Forum, as they share their early experiences with teaching strategies appropriate for students who are becoming advanced practice registered nurses.


Promoting a Just Culture in Schools of Nursing

Jane BarnsteinerJoanne DischJane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Pediatric Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Clinical Professor & Director, Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership, University of Minnesota

A culture of blame has been pervasive in healthcare and schools of nursing, focusing primarily on who has been at fault and, all too often, who should be punished. This approach leads to hiding rather than reporting errors and is the antithesis of a culture of safety. Plan to attend this endnote session to learn about the elements of a just culture of safety as applied to schools of nursing, examine best practices in establishing cultures of safety, and engage with speakers concerning your attempts to implement principles and practices for transforming learning environments.


QSEN: Charting the Course

Linda CronenwettLinda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, Beerstecher-Blackwell Term Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, Principal Investigator, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses

The conference ended with a review of the past year’s advancements in quality and safety education and a look forward at what the next year brings in QSEN’s efforts to chart the course for continual improvements in quality and safety education.


Abstracts Under Review – a full agenda will be available in mid-April.


Join us for a reception and dinner at the Milwaukee Art Museum on the shores of Lake Michigan.


The conference will take place in the Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Rooms will be available for $119/night (complimentary internet, room rate honored for three days before and after the conference). To reserve a room at the hotel in the QSEN conference block, please see the following hotel reservation page:


In addition, you can make reservations by phone by calling 1-888-421-1442 and using the group code which is G-EUNC.

The deadline for reserving a room within the QSEN block is May 1, 2011.


The deadline for abstract submissions has now passed. Thank you for your submissions! Notice of acceptance will be sent no later than March 14, 2011.