QSEN Newsletter: March 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.


QSEN Alignment with New AACN Essentials

View this short video on the connections between the QSEN competencies and the AACN New Essentials. Learn more at the conference about how your QSEN work serves as a foundation as you move to integrating the AACN Essentials. View video.
Advancing Quality and Safety in Healthcare: Protecting Patients, Improving Care

This book addresses core concepts in quality and safety in healthcare using scientific principles and practice tools, and evidence-based approaches. Includes cases, discussion points, and self-guided exercises for use in courses. More Information.
High Reliability Organizations: A Healthcare Handbook for Patient Safety & Quality, Second Edition 

Equips nurses and healthcare professionals with the tools necessary to establish an error detection and prevention system. Places the need for high reliability concepts into our current climate in healthcare through illustrative discussion of each of the five concepts of high reliability, along with a description of a current best practice and/or tool that applies. More information
Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Core Competencies for Leadership and Care Management, 3rd Edition, Springer Publishing 

Patricia Kelly, MSN, RN, Beth Vottero PhD, RN, CNE, and Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN, are editors for this 3rd edition of the text that is fully aligned with the QSEN Competencies and the AACN Essentials 2021. New chapters in this edition include Implementation Science, Population Health, and Systems Thinking. 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 1, 2022. For more information 
STTI Nurse Empowerment Program

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) has partnered with Johnson & Johnson Foundation on a study to bring leadership and nursing courses to frontline clinical nurses in the US and Canada. Apply for the Nurse Empowerment Program and learn about the important challenges and opportunities that frontline nurses experience. The program is offered free of charge and is open to any RN in the US and Canada who spends at least 50% of their time in direct care. Learn more at SigmaNursing.org/Empower.
2022 Robert L. Wears Awardees Announced

Awardees for the 2022 Robert L. Wears Patient Safety Leadership Award are Dr. Yanling Yu and Rex Johnson, co-founders of the Washington Advocates for Patient Safety in the Volunteer Category, and Dr. Mary Dolansky, Director of the Hirsh Institute, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University in the Individual Category. The annual QSEN awards recognize health care professionals and teams who work to advance the field of patient safety, develop and mentor future leaders and demonstrate excellence in leading interprofessional initiatives designed to improve quality and safety education and practice. More information.
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


QSEN Teaching and Practice Strategies: Contagious Innovation

Check out the QSEN Practice Strategy, “Utilizing the QSEN Framework to Redesign Nursing Orientation Competencies,” at QSEN.org. This practice strategy is featured as an example in a guest editorial that tells the story behind the QSEN Teaching and Practice Strategies repository in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. More information.

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