Task Forces


  1. Practice
  2. RN-BSN
  3. DNP and Leadership 
  4. Academic Clinical Practice
  5. Academia 
  6. Simulation 
  7. VA Quality Scholars 
  8. Research 
  9. International 
  10. OADN
  11. Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  12. High-Quality Mathematical Preparation for Nurses
  13. Patient Education: Barriers, Solutions and Standards
  14. Policy
  15. Patient Safety

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


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

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

Leader: Kathy Bradley
Contact Email: 



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


III. DNP and Leadership

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

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

IV. Academic Clinical Practice

Focusing on Clinical Faculty Practice and Preceptors

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


V. Academia

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

Contact Email: Altmillg@tcnj.edu


VI. Simulation


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

VIII. Research

Leader: Danielle Olds

Email: danielle.m.olds@gmail.com

IX. International 

Leader: Aniko Kukla 

Email: axk633@case.edu 

Co-leader: Michelle Slater DNP, RN, CNOR

Email: mls280@case.edu



Leader: Donna Meyer

Email: donna.meyer@oadn.org

OADN Task Force Contact List


XI. Entrepreneurship & Innovation 

Leader: Shanina Knighton

Email: sck46@case.edu


XII. High-Quality Mathematical Preparation for Nurses

Leader: Rebecca Hartzler, and John Clochesy, Director and Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Florida

Email: rebeccahartzler@austin.utexas.edu

XIII. Patient Education: Barriers, Solutions and Standards

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.


XIV. Policy

XV. Patient Safety

Leader: Tamu Abreu, MSN, RN-BC, CPPS, CPHQ

Email: tabreu@twu.edu

Academic Clinical Practice Taskforce: Videos


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 
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