Essay about Quality And Safety Education For Nurses

1194 Words Nov 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Quality and Safety Education for Nurses: Quality Improvement Competency Quality and safety play a significant role in today’s nursing practice. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) promotes improvement in quality and safety by providing informational reports regarding health care practice in order to prompt the implementation of best practices. These best practices result in a higher quality health care environment. In 2005, nursing leaders responded to the IOM’s call to improve the quality of healthcare by forming the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this multi-phase project, nursing leaders outlined the core knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSA) that should be mastered by pre-licensure and graduate nursing students. QSEN outlined the KSA objectives for each of the six QSEN competencies. The six competencies consist of patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics. The competency for quality improvement will be the focus for this teaching presentation to new nurses in a home health care setting. Quality improvement as defined by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses project is the “use of data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems (Sherwood & Barnsteiner, 2012, p.123). The following outlines…

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