QSEN Newsletter: April 2022

2022 QSEN International Forum

June 1 – 3, 2022


2022 QSEN International Forum
June 1 – 3, 2022

Learn Strategies to Implement the AACN New Essentials

June 1 to June 3, 2022 • Denver Sheraton Downtown Hotel • Denver, Colorado
The QSEN International Forum is the conference for nurses in academia and practice who ensure that quality and safety competencies are integrated across the continuum of care. 

The conference learning outcomes:

Explore the alignment of the QSEN competencies and the new AACN Essentials.

Learn strategies for quality and safety competency integration into undergraduate and graduate curricula and practice settings.

The conference objectives:

Share innovations in education, professional development, and practice to enhance quality and safety in healthcare.

Disseminate quality and safety scholarship.


Robert Englander, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, Medical School; Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Suzan “Suzie” Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE, FSSH, FAAN, President-elect of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation in Nursing
Doris Grinspun, RNAO, CEO, Chief Executive Officer of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
Kathy McGuinn, MSN, RN, CPHQ, FNAP, Director of Interprofessional Education, and Practice Partnerships, and Special Advisor on Quality Initiatives at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, Professor The College of New Jersey, QSEN Competency Integration Expert

Don’t miss the six workshops that will provide you with the tools to implement the new AACN Essentials that include a QSEN-AACN Essentials crosswalk for undergraduate and graduate, review of the AACN Implementation kits, assessment of the AACN competencies, implementation strategies from Dr. Altmiller, and the use of simulation in AACN Essentials integration. See the full schedule here.


National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality

How does the US deliver, finance, regulate, and measure the quality of nursing home care, and how can this knowledge be used to improve nursing home care? Read a new report, The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff, published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. More information:

NASEM’s The Quality of Care in Nursing Homes landing page
NASEM report download page 
Report Highlights 

JAHF Dissemination Center report landing page 
Video statement from John A. Hartford Foundation President Terry Fulmer
– Accompanying written statement
Are All Medical Errors Now Crimes? The Nurse Vaught Verdict
A critical care nurse was recently convicted of criminally negligent homicide and gross neglect after accidentally administering a paralytic medication instead of a sedative. How does this verdict fit into a healthcare culture of safety? View perspectives on this story in a Medscape video featuring experts in patient safety, including Dr. Jane Barnsteiner.
Quality Improvement Engagement:  Barriers and Facilitators

Recent reports indicate that engagement in QI is low among frontline nurses. Through a comparison of frontline nurses, advanced practice nurses, and nurse leaders, researchers identified barriers to and facilitators of engagement in QI by nursing role to inform future engagement strategies. Read the article in the March issue of Nursing Management: More information


2022 QSEN Award Nominations
The QSEN Institute is accepting the 2022 Award nominations for the following awards. 
2022 Linda R. Cronenwett Award
2022 Jane Barnsteiner & Joanne Disch QSEN Innovation Award
2022 QSEN Research Award
2022 Christa Koffel Inspiring New Leaders Forum Scholarship

Nominations for the awards must be received by April 28, 2022. For more information 
TeamSTEPPS® for Diagnosis Improvement Course Now Available

 In honor of patient safety awareness week, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new TeamSTEPPS® course to raise diagnostic safety awareness and help to improve communication and teamwork among all members of the care team. TeamSTEPPS® for Diagnosis Improvement is available for download on the AHRQ website and is composed of seven PowerPoint training modules, a facilitator guide, and participant workbook that are customizable to the needs of the local team.
Share Your Pandemic Story

The pandemic has been challenging for all of us, but none more so than the nurses who are working in the field with patients. Many nurses have been profoundly affected by what they endured and are continuing to face as the pandemic rages on. We would love to hear from you about your experiences, the trauma, grief, fear, and hope of working as a nurse during an unprecedented worldwide pandemic. More information.
Calling All Full-Time Nurse Faculty!

A doctoral student at the University of Alabama requests your participation in a nationwide nurse educator survey to identify concerns with integrating the QSEN quality improvement (QI) competency into curricula. Your participation will significantly help the researcher understand the implementation obstacles surrounding the QI competency. Please take a moment to complete the brief survey. Identifying Concerns of Integrating the QSEN Quality Improvement (QI) Competency Survey

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