QSEN Project Transitions to New Home

Cronenwett-web Dr. Linda Cronenwett

After seven very successful years under the leadership of Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project will transition to the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Launched in 2005 at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, QSEN’s goal is to prepare nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the health care systems in which they work. In the early days, Cronenwett and her team worked with experts from institutions across the nation to define quality and safety competencies for nursing and to propose training targets for each competency.

In 2009, Dr. Cronenwett, co-investigator Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, and their colleagues partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to focus on developing the faculty expertise needed at the nation’s nursing schools to teach the QSEN core competencies; instilling the competencies in textbooks, licensing, accreditation and certification; and promoting continued innovation in teaching the competencies.

The forth and final phase of QSEN at UNC culminated in the publication of a new textbook, Quality and Safety in Nursing: A Competency Approach to Improving Outcomes, edited by Dr. Sherwood and Dr. Jane Barnsteiner. The QSEN project will now be lead by Dr. Mary A. Dolansky at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

“In the seven years that the Foundation has supported the project at UNC, Dr. Cronenwett and her colleagues have literally rewritten the textbook on nursing education, helping to create a generation of nurses trained both to deliver care to patients and to contribute to the continuous process of increasing the safety, reliability and quality of care,” said Dr. Susan B. Hassmiller, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Adviser for Nursing.

Dr. Carol Durham, Denise Hirst, Dawn O’Neal, Steve Segedy and Susan Snyder were part of the UNC QSEN team.

Read more, including Dr. Cronenwett’s reflections on the project’s accomplishments, on the RWJF web site: Passing the Baton: After Seven Highly Successful Years, A New Start and A New Institute for QSEN.