Cronenwett Participates in National Teaching Quality, Patient Safety Conference

MEDIA ALERT  from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

CONTACT: Gretchen Wright or Matt Freeman

May 18, 2010                                                                          202/371-1999

Leading Nurse Educators to Meet in Denver to Discuss Latest Innovations in Teaching Quality, Patient Safety

Dean Emerita and Beerstecher-Blackwell Professor Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, the principal investigator for QSEN (Quality and Safety Education for Nurses), a national intiative, announces the following:

In 2003, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a groundbreaking report which identified quality and safety competencies that all health professionals should master. Nurses’ mastery of these competencies is crucial, because they represent the largest group of health professionals and their role is being recognized as increasingly important as more people gain access to health care. The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses project (QSEN), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has identified appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs)  for nursing students to achieve based on the IOM competencies and is fostering the development and dissemination of approaches and techniques  nursing schools can adopt to effectively incorporate them into their curricula.

Leading faculty from nursing schools across the country will meet in Denver next month to discuss innovations in curricular design and teaching strategies that help students master the QSEN competencies. The QSEN national forum, Climbing from Good to Great, will be held:

June 2-4, 2010

Westin Westminster Hotel

10600 Westminster Boulevard

Westminster, Colorado

The QSEN competencies are: patient-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; informatics; and safety.

Sessions will address integrating the competencies into and across nursing school curricula, assessing and evaluating the impact of teaching the QSEN competencies, creating successful academic-practice partnerships, teaching competencies through simulations, multidisciplinary and inter-professional approaches to teaching the competencies and much more.

The keynote speaker is Rosemary Gibson, M.Sc., writer and thought leader in U.S. health care, author of Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes that Kill and Injure Millions

of Americans and the 2010 book, The Treatment Trap, which puts a human face on the overuse of unnecessary medical treatment. Other speakers will include several nursing faculty who ran or participated in pilot sites at nursing schools across the country to develop methods for teaching the knowledge, skills and attitudes related to the QSEN competencies.

A complete conference schedule is available online at http://www.qsen.org/conferences/2010/QSEN%202010%20Conference%20Schedule.pdf.This event is open to media.

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