QSEN Thrives at TCNJ
Geralyn Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, Associate Professor
Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) is an organization focused on building nursing’s capacity to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care and TCNJ is on board! This fall, students from all levels of the nursing major have collaborated to create and publish the monthly Quality and Safety Matters newsletter as a way to share information that contributes to that effort with all members of the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science. In addition, senior students completed Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) modules to increase their understanding of human error and quality improvement.
Faculty continue to make strides in integrating QSEN into the curriculum. Norma Brown, MSN, RN, Coordinator Simulation & Clinical Learning Resources Center created and implemented simulation into multiple nursing courses this semester with excellent results. Students and faculty enthusiastically gave it the thumbs up saying they would like to see more in the future. The pilot study of QSEN based clinical evaluations for NURS 420 was well received and yielded high marks from instructors and students alike.
In addition, TCNJ will host its first QSEN Faculty Development Workshop on January 12, 2016. Fifty nurse educators from around the region will be coming for a full day of learning with contact hours being awarded through partnership with Princeton University Medical Center. The QSEN website created a New Jersey page to share what TCNJ is doing with other nurse educators across the nation. Here is the link for New Jersey’s site: