Track: Education: quality improvement; best practice; curricular changes; student outcomes; and/or innovative projects educators use with any type of learners
Integrating Quality and Saftey Education for Nurses (QSEN) into every simulation: Enhancing students’ competencies
Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) is a project designed to prepare future nurses with the information and the skills required to continuously advance the organizations where they are employed. There are six different QSEN competencies that have been identified with the project that represent a commitment to the delivery of high-quality, safe healthcare delivery to promote the most positive patient outcomes. Some nursing programs may struggle to integrate the QSEN project and its competencies into their curriculum. In an age where medical errors are rampant and patient safety is a priority, integration of patient safety education is paramount. With this novel approach, the QSEN project and all of its competencies can easily be incorporated into any nursing program that utilizes high-fidelity simulation. Historically, our learners were expected to identify actions that their peers did correctly as well as any areas of opportunity (“Keeps/Changes”). Since the implementation of the modified observer tool, learners have been expected to build on their observations by identifying a QSEN competency (or several) that aligns with their observation. For example, tying “S” (for Safety) to the observation “Nurses did not wash their hands”. In debriefing, the instructor is expected to go over each of the observers’ annotations along with the identified QSEN competencies to help facilitate the understanding of both the events that occurred in the immersion as well as future implications of the actions.
discover a process (through the modified observer tool) that could potentially be replicated in their organization as a means to promote positive patient outcomes.
list and describe each of the QSEN competencies.
recognize the value of QSEN integration in their simulations as a means to promote positive patient outcomes.