Incorporating the Proposed New QSEN Competencies into a Graduate Informatics Course: A Collaborative Experience

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2013 Master’s Education Conference

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Buena Vista, FL


Advance practice nurses are knowledge workers, capable of synthesizing data from health information systems and translating it into knowledge and actions that lead to the provision of safe and high quality patient care. The interdependent relationship between technology and quality issues that exists in the modern healthcare environment has challenged nursing faculty to design curricula that will produce graduates who are not simply competent users of technology, but more importantly, are empowered to become members of interdisciplinary teams responsible for the effective design and implementation health information systems. The Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) initiative is addressing the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to continuously improve the healthcare systems in which they work. In this presentation, Dr. Tammy Toscos, Assistant Professor of Health Informatics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Dr. Beth Vottero, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Purdue University Calumet will provide information about how they are collaborating across campuses and combining their varying expertise to create a richer graduate Informatics course at two Purdue University regional institutions. In early October, AACN announced the release of new graduate-level quality and safety competencies for nursing faculty teaching in master’s and doctoral programs. The presenters will explain how they worked together to build on each other’s background and expertise to incorporate the revised graduate QSEN informatics competencies into the objectives, assignments and discussions for an informatics course. All of the course design work and artifacts that require the application of the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to meet the informatics competencies will be shared with the audience.



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