QSEN Newsletter: February 2022


2022 QSEN International Forum

June 1 – 3, 2022

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February 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.

Learn more about the 2022 QSEN International Forum at qsen.org

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  • 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.
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Article: Barriers and Facilitators of QI Engagement 

A qualitative study in Journal of Nursing Management describes the barriers and facilitators to engagement in quality improvement by frontline clinical nurses and nurse leaders and compares similarities and differences in perceptions by the two groups. Alexander, C., Tschannen, D., Argetsinger, D., Hakim, H., & Milner, K. A. (2021). Qualitative Study on Barriers and Facilitators of Quality Improvement Engagement by Frontline Nurses and Leaders. Journal of Nursing Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13537

The Analysis for Healthcare Improvement: Mini Series | VA Quality Scholars  

View a 14-minute video introduction to variation and run charts for healthcare improvement. Understanding variation is a core concept in healthcare improvement. This mini-module reviews the differences between Special Cause Variation and Common Cause Variation. More information

Quality and Safety Resources from Nurse Educator 

Are you interested in learning more about the new AACN Essentials and transitioning to these in your nursing program? Listen to this Podcast hosted by Nurse Educator journal in which Dr. Gerry Altmiller reviews the new Essentials and provides a process for adopting them (and competency-based education) in your school of nursing. 

If you need some teaching strategies that will help you implement Domain 5 on Quality and Safety, read Dr. Altmiller’s articles at the Nurse Educator website. These articles are free to read as part of our continuing commitment to disseminate best practices on quality and safety education for nursing students.

Age-Friendly Health Systems Book

The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) and the Institute for Healthcare  Improvement (IHI) have released a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for healthcare professionals: Age-Friendly Health Systems: A Guide to Using the 4Ms While Caring for Older Adults. Co-edited by JAHF President, Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, and IHI Vice President, Leslie Pelton, MPA. Available on Amazon.com as an e-book.


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) competencies into curricula. Your participation will significantly help the researcher understand the implementation obstacles surrounding the QI competencies. Please take a moment to complete the brief survey.  Identifying Concerns of Integrating the QSEN Quality Improvement (QI) Competency Survey

Age-Friendly Health Systems Modules

Interested in implementing geriatric evidence-based practice? Check out the Age-Friendly Health Systems Guide to care for older adults. This free Open School course, PFC 203: Providing Age-Friendly Care to Older Adultsprovides an understanding of the Age-Friendly Health Systems movement, actionable steps to get started, and how to improve the care of older adults in your setting. 

Safety Risk Assessment Toolkit

Explore a free Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool from the Center for Health Design. The SRA toolkit is a proactive process to mitigate risk, a discussion prompt for multidisciplinary teams, and an evidence-based design approach to identify solutions. Read more.

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