Task Forces

Purpose of the Task Forces:

A venue/opportunity for a group of people with expertise in an area of focus (e.g, practice, academia, simulation) to ensure  

  1. Representation of area of focus during the annual QSEN conference (planning committee)
  2. Representation of area of focus on the QSEN website
  3. Expansion of Scholarly work is produced and disseminated (presentations, articles, grants)
  4. Connection and collaboration with other professional organizations affiliated with area of focus


I. Practice
III. DNP and Leadership
IV. Academic Clinical Practice
V. Academia
VI. Simulation
VIII. Research
IX. International
XI. Entrepreneurship & Innovation 
XII. High-Quality Mathematical Preparation for Nurses
XIII. Patient Education: Barriers, Solutions and Standards
XIV. Patient Safety
XV. Policy

The National QSEN Practice Task Force is a resource for nurses in the practice setting looking for guidance with the QSEN competencies.

Areas of Concentration:

– Onboarding – Orientation / Residency / Preceptor Programs
– Human Resource – Job Descriptions /Performance Review / Clinical Ladder
– Nurse Professional Development – Continuing Education / Annual Competencies
– Magnet & Research

Bethany Robertson: bethany.robertson@emory.edu
Tammy Franqueiro:  tfranqueiro@versant.org

Website: http://qsenpractice.weebly.com/

The National QSEN RN-BSN Task Force is accepting membership and proposals to advance the science of System-Level Thinking  and integration into RN-BSN Curricula.

Leader: Ann Stalter, PhD, RN, Wright State University
Contact Email: ann.stalter@wright.edu


Co-chair: Cindy Zellefrow DNP MSEd RN LSN PHNA-BC
Contact Email:  zellefrow.2@osu.edu

Co-chair: Kerry Milner DNSc RN
Contact Email: milnerk@sacredheart.edu

Co-chair: Catherine Alexander DNP MPH RN
Contact Email: mobilemedicaltraining@gmail.com

Morgan Clouse Johnson DNP, RN, FNP-BC
VA Quality Scholar & Nurse Practitioner
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
email: morgan.k.clouse@vumc.org

Deana Hays DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor Oakland University
email: hays@oakland.edu

Evidence Based Practice Page: http://evidencebasednurse.weebly.com/

Focusing on Clinical Faculty Practice and Preceptors

Leader: Kimberly Silver Dunker
Contact: kdunker@worcester.edu 


Leader: Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, Associate Professor, The College of New Jersey

Contact Email: Altmillg@tcnj.edu


Loretta Aller PhD(c), RN, Associate Lecturer, Kent State University – Stark, College of Nursing
Email: laller@kent.edu

Carol Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Professor of Nursing and Director, Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment (EISLE)  School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

KT Waxman, DNP, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, FAAN, Assistant Professor Director, Executive Leader Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, Director, Masters in Healthcare Simulation Program, University of San Francisco, School of Nursing & Health Professions


Leader: Suzie Miltner, PhD, RN, CNL, NEA-BC, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Email: smiltner@uab.edu

Leader: Danielle Olds
Email: danielle.m.olds@gmail.com

Leader: Aniko Kukla 
Email: axk633@case.edu 

Co-leader: Michelle Slater DNP, RN, CNOR
Email: mls280@case.edu


Leader: Shanina Knighton
Email: sck46@case.edu


Rebecca Hartzler, and John Clochesy, Director and Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Florida
Email: rebeccahartzler@austin.utexas.edu

QSEN Task Force on High-Quality Mathematical Preparation for Nurses

Math Education for Nurses Newsletter

Leader: Nancy Peifer PhD, RN
Email: peifern@palmbeachstate.edu

Description: This task force is available for nurses interested in focusing on the problems and solutions inherent within patient education in the clinical, community and educational setting. Focus is on identifying barriers, creating solutions and setting safe, quality standards for patient education using collaboration and partnerships within the clinical and academic setting. Working together, we can advocate to improve outcomes through engaging patients and families in learner centered education.


Website: https://qsenpatientsafetytaskforce.weebly.com/

Leader: Loretta K Dorn, MSN, RN, CRNI
Director of Clinical Liaisons
Fresenius Kabi US LLC
Email: loretta.dorn@fresenius-kabi.com

Tamu Abreu, MSN, RN-BC, CPPS, CPHQ
Email: tabreu@twu.edu

Visnja Maria Masina, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC
is a board-certified adult clinical nurse specialist at Cleveland Clinic main campus
Elizabeth (Liz) Campbell, RN, MSN, CRNI
Vascular access team Mass General
Denise Dion, MSN, RN, CNE, PCCN 
Director, Nursing Program at Central Arizona College
Candy Cross MSN-Ed, RN
Nursing Education Specialist at Banner Health
Susan Paparella, MSN, RN
Vice President at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
Michelle Mandrack, MSN, RN
Director of Consulting Services at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Marlene M. PhD, RN, CRNI
Director of clinical education for the Infusion Nurses Society

Leader: Hollie Gentry

Academic Clinical Practice Taskforce: Videos

QI and Safety for clinical instructors

Academic Clinical Practice Taskforce Member


The purpose of these video vignettes is to address how to deal with students and nursing staff situations both in the on and off campus clinical setting.  Many times, situations occur in the clinical setting that may be difficult for faculty because they contain sensitive student’s issues and topics. Each video vignette demonstrates ideal expected behaviors of clinical faculty when dealing with clinical situations.  During implementation, it was noted that the videos are especially beneficial for new clinical faculty. The videos have been incorporated during orientation of new and returning clinical adjunct faculty at New York University.


Esther Gravis RN, MSN, CPN
Professor of Nursing
Saddleback College 

I can be reached at egravis@saddleback.edu or elg50@case.edu


My interested in faculty development started when I took my first job as a part-time clinical faculty member. I quickly learned that part-time clinical nurse instructors routinely have little or no instruction before teaching nursing students in the clinical setting. I also learned they have a significant impact on student learning. I wanted to develop easy to use modules, based on QSEN competencies, to guide part-time faculty in their new role. 

New Preceptor Resources

Check out the new Nurse Preceptor Webpage developed by Tracey Parson DNP, RN

Task Force Coordinator: Angela Chlebowski MSN, RN C-EFM Clinical Associate ProfessorSacred Heart University


Interested in joining a task force? Please contact us by email at qsen.institute@gmail.com for more information.