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About QSEN Education Consortium


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to supporting academic and professional nursing organizations in their efforts to increase the number of professional nurses prepared to provide high-quality care.  A vital component of this process is having a faculty that has a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, processes, and evidence for teaching students how to deliver safe patient care. AACN is leading a national effort to provide faculty in all types of entry-level nursing programs with the skills, knowledge, and resources to educate nursing students to deliver safe and quality nursing care. 


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funded project Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) initiative focuses on the development of competencies and resources to enhance the ability of nursing professionals to deliver high-quality and safe nursing care. Through its first two phases, the QSEN collaboration identified and defined six quality and safety competencies for nursing.  Additionally, the project allowed for the development of proposed targets for the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of students in nursing pre-licensure programs for each of the six competencies: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics. The purpose of Phase III of the RWJF-QSEN work, comprised of grants to UNC and AACN, is to:

  • Promote continued innovation in the development and evaluation of methods to elicit and assess student learning of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the six IOM/QSEN competencies and the widespread sharing of those innovations.
  • Develop the faculty expertise necessary to assist the learning and assessment of achievement of quality and safety competencies in all types of nursing programs.
  • Create mechanisms to sustain the will to change among all programs through the content of textbooks, accreditation and certification standards, licensure exams, and continued competence requirements.


In 2009, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation generously awarded the American Association of Colleges of Nursing a $2.5 million grant titled, Quality and Safety Education for Nursing: Enhancing Faculty Capacity.
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AACN is leading a national effort designed to enhance the ability of nursing faculty to effectively develop quality and safety competencies among graduates of their programs. This initiative will use a “train the trainer” approach to prepare a cadre of nursing faculty with the capacity to:

  1. lead other faculty in their institution in efforts to incorporate this content into the curriculum for nursing students,
  2. teach and mentor students regarding the concepts and skills necessary for the delivery of high quality and safe patient care, and
  3. train other faculty to accomplish these goals.

AACN will conduct eight regional 2 ½-day faculty development institutes during 2010-2011; up to 150 nurse faculty members will attend each institute. These sessions will educate a total of 1,200 faculty members from entry-level nursing programs across the country. 

AACN staff are working closely with the following expert consultants to develop state-of-the science original curricula for the institutes:

  • Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, clinical professor and Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
  • Jean Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior associate dean for health sciences programs, The George Washington University

Faculty attending an institute will learn quality and safety content, as well as innovative techniques for teaching this content to students and other faculty. Strategies for advancing quality and safety content at participants’ home schools will be covered, as well as ways to champion quality and safety to implement changes in entry-level nursing courses. 

A highly thoughtful, rigorous, and scholarly approach has been taken to create a framework for the modules to be used in the faculty development Institutes. The following modules will be addressed:

  • Patient-centered care
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Patient safety
  • Informatics

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