The RN-BSN QSEN Task Force Collaboration

Left to right (bottom row): Ann Stalter, Janet Nice-Phillips, 
(Top Row): Mary McKay, Pamela Bonnett, Josette Brodhead, Karen Goldschmidt, Debra Scardaville. 

 In 2013, a small group of nurse educators interested in incorporating systems thinking education into RN-BSN programs met to discuss strategies to make their vision a reality. At the 2015 National QSEN Forum, a task force led by Dr. Mary Dolansky was formally established to use a systems thinking framework to advance nursing scholarship and promote QSEN integration and Systems Thinking into RN-BSN Education. A systems awareness model (SAM) was subsequently developed as part of a nation-wide movement to advance systems thinking and improve nursing students’ learning outcomes. Since its inception, the growing committee membership has been active in presenting and publishing articles related to systems thinking and innovative teaching strategies. This collaborative group continues to grow with over 15 active members currently and connects with one another from locations all over the country including Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. 

Left to right: Pamela Bonnett, Robyn Provencio, Carol Wiggs, Josette Brodhead, Vickie Jowell, Mary McKay. Center front: Deb Merriam. Back: Janet Phillips-Nice 

The task force has continued to meet regularly since its inception to discuss current projects and develop new ideas. Along with an evolving membership, the beginning of the current academic year has brought new publications, ideas, and initiatives as well. Recent publications include “Teaching Tips for Informatics QSEN Competency (August, 2019)”, published in the Journal of Continuing Education. More recently, “Incivility and The Use of Systems Thinking to Promote Healthy Voluntary Organizations (September, 2019),” was selected as an Editor’s Choice article in the international publication, The Voluntary Sector Review. Current projects under consideration, and/or in progress include manuscript development that addresses innovative teaching strategies based on the group’s recent task force presentation at the 2019 QSEN Forum as well as preparation work on the topic of academic practice partnerships for the 2020 QSEN forum. The development and implementation of a Red Cross board game by an individual task force member using a modified systems awareness model designed for use in shelters is also currently underway. In addition, a group of task force members are currently engaged in a research study using the “Hybrid Model of Concept Analysis on Systems Thinking in Nursing Education and Practice.” This research will use the Hybrid model of concept analysis to continue knowledge development of systems thinking in the teaching practices of RN to BS nursing students. 

Left to Right: Carol Wiggs, Josette Brodhead, Mary McKay, Robyn Provencio, Deb Merriam. 

In addition to publishing their works, the task force has also presented at national and international conferences. Pictured below are members presenting at the 2018 QSEN Oceans of Opportunity International Forum and 2019 QSEN Rocks International Forum. 

Recent Publications 

Stalter, A. M., Phillips, J. M., Ruggiero, J. S., Scardaville, D. L., Merriam, D., Dolansky, M. A., & … Winegardner, S. (2016). A Concept Analysis of Systems Thinking. Nursing Forum, doi:10.1111/nuf.12196 

Stalter, AM., Phillips, JM., Ruggiero, JS.,Wiggs, CM., Brodhead, J., Swanson, KB., Winegardner, S., Jauch, A., and Goldschmidt, K. (2017). Systems thinking as an innovative way to address incivility in nursing academia. The 7th International Nurse Education Conference. Banff, Canada. May 2018. Abstract 0117. 

Stalter, AM. Phillips, JM., Ruggiero, JS.,Wiggs, CM., Brodhead, J, Swanson, K., Winegardner, S., Jauch, A. and Goldschmidt, K. (2017, in press). Systems perspective for incivility in academia: An integrative review. Nursing Education Perspectives, 40(3), 144-150. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP0000000000000466. 

Phillips, JM., Stalter, AM., Winegardner, S., Wiggs, CM, & Jauch, A. (2018). Systems thinking and incivility in nursing practice: An integrative review. Nursing Forum, doi: . 1111/nuf.12250/ NUF12250 

Phillips, J. M., Statler, A. M., Brodhead, J., Scardaville, D. L., Ruggiero, J. S., Wiggs, C. M., Winegardner, S., & Provencio, R. A. (2018). Incivility and use of systems thinking to promote healthy voluntary organizations. Voluntary Sector Review, 

Phillips, J. M., Stalter, A. M., Ruggiero, J., Bonnett, P. L., Brodhead, J., Merriam, D. H., Scardaville, D. L., Wiggs, C. M. & Winegardner, S. (2018). Systems thinking: Reliability testing for a standardized rubric. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 33(3), 128-135. 

RN-BSN Task Force Members 

Bonnett, Pamela, DNP, RN, CNE, The University of Akron Director of RN-BSN program 

Brodhead, Josette, PhD, MSHS, RNC-MNN, CNE, Daemen College, Assistant Professor 

Dolansky, Mary, PhD, RN Associate Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; 
Director, QSEN Institute; VA Quality Senior Nurse Fellow, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA 

Fischetti, Natalie, RN, PhD College of Staten Island City University of New York Chairperson 

Goldschmidt, Karen, PhD, RN, CNE, Department Chair RN-BSN Completion Program, Drexel 

Jowell, Vicki, MSN, RN – The University of Texas at Tyler, RN-BSN Program Coordinator 

McKay, Mary, DNP, ARNP, CNE, Associate Professor, Clinical Director of Clinical Partnerships & Safety Assurance Director, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies

Merriam, Deborah, DNS, RN, CNE, Associate Professor of Nursing, Daemen College

Phillips Nice, Janet, PhD, RN, ANEF, Indiana University, Director of RN-BSN Completion Option

Porter, Kimberly B., MNSc, RN, BA, The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 
Assistant Professor, RN-BSN Program Faculty

Provencio, Robyn, PhD, RN, CNE, California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA. 
Nursing Faculty

Ruggiero, Jeanne, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Professor and Outcomes Coordinator, New 
Jersey City University

Scardaville, Debra, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, New Jersey City University, Professor

Stalter, Ann, PhD, RN, M. Ed., Professor, Wright State University-Miami Valley

Valazza, Veronica,DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC, Daemen College, Assistant Professor

Wiggs, Carol M., PhD, RN, CNM, AHN-BC, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston 
RN-BSN Track Administrator

Winegartner, Sherri, DNP, MSN, MHA, RN, Director of Nursing, Bluffton University 

If interested in joining the RN-BSN QSEN Task Force, please contact Ann Stalter ( or Janet Phillips Nice (