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nursing education, patient safety, professional development, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses



  1. Disch, Joanne PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Barnsteiner, Jane PhD, RN, FAAN


ABSTRACT: Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) was launched in 2005 as a national nursing initiative aimed at preparing nurses with the competencies needed to continuously improve the quality and safety of the health care they provide. The six QSEN competencies-and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that each entails-have served as a basis for significant curricular revision, more enlightened professional practice, relevant research, and health care system improvements. Since the launch of QSEN, new technologies have emerged, the range of care sites has broadened, new practice roles have emerged, and patients and families have become more active health care consumers. This article highlights these changes, considers Amazon as a powerful contemporary social force, examines the company's core values, and considers their relevancy to the six QSEN competencies. Essential new literacies and cognitive capacities are also identified. Lastly, the authors outline steps nurses can take to incorporate the QSEN competencies, along with the literacies and capacities, into their practice and organizations. Doing so is vital to delivering safe, high-quality care in this rapidly changing health care climate, and will enable nurses to claim their leadership and thrive professionally in an Amazon world.