Patient-Centered Care in Nursing Practice Originating in 2005, the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) is a project created to educate future nurses on specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes obtained through completion of their pre-licensure or continuing nursing education program to improve quality and safety in the healthcare system (QSEN, 2014). QSEN is made up of six defined competencies, one being patient-centered care. QSEN defines patient-centered care as the ability to “recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs” (QSEN, 2014, para 1). Patient involvement is crucial in patient-centered care, giving them a platform to voice their healthcare preferences. Integrating patient-centered care into daily practice helps nurses achieve better patient outcomes. The purpose of this paper is to discuss how effective communication influences the improvement of nursing education, nursing practice, and nursing research in patient-centered care.
Nursing Education in Effective Communication Educating future nurses about the importance of patient-centered care requires the understanding of basic knowledge and skills, such as effective communication to provide the most advanced care that meet patient specific needs.
Pre-licensure and continuing nursing education students are taught to show the usage of effective…