Nursing Professor to Assist in Facilitating National Project

SIOUX FALLS – Pamela Schroeder, assistant professor of Nursing at Augustana, has been invited to serve as a Quality and Safety Education for Nurses facilitator for phase III of the national QSEN project.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has funded the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project for three phases to date. The overall goal through all phases of QSEN is to address the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSA) necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems in which they work.

In order accomplish this goal, six competencies were defined in Phase I of the project. These competencies included five from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) - patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics - as well as safety. In addition to these definitions, sets of knowledge, skills and attitudes for each of the six competencies were created for use in nursing pre-licensure programs.

Pilot schools integrated the six competencies in their nursing programs in Phase II of QSEN. The pilot schools have shared their work on the QSEN website (, contributing teaching and development strategies as well as other collaborative resources.
Phase III will:

  • Continue to promote innovation in the development and evaluation of methods to elicit and assess student learning of KSA of the six IOM/QSEN competencies and the widespread sharing of these competencies.
  • Develop 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.

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