In October 2005 the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing program was established. This program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. QSEN was developed specifically for future nurses to understand and be aware of key challenges such as the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are essential to constantly advance the quality and safety of the way healthcare systems work. The goal for QSEN is to reshape the identity of nursing so it includes the recommendations by the Institute of Medicine so there is a commitment to the quality and safety proficiency (Dycus, 2009).
QSEN has strived to place initiatives in pre-licensure programs so when licensed, they are up to date and educated on necessary skills. For pre-licensure programs QSEN has developed multiple competencies with the goal of developing effective teaching strategies in patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidenced based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics (Dycus, 2009).
Patient centered care is a key component to providing excellent nursing care with the focus of compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences, values, and needs. There are many different healthcare workers all working to provide excellent care to a patient; however, if these healthcare workers do not collaborate and communicate with each other then the patient is not receiving the highest level of care possible (Dycus, 2009). Providing comfort to patients both physically and emotionally is critically important. To help comfort patients, involve family and friends, respect patient’s values and beliefs, and show understanding for what this patient is going through. Patient centered care should also be delivered with sensitivity and respect for diversity of different races. A priority nursing skill that needs to be achieved pre-licensure is assessing for a patients pain level and if they are suffering at all. Applying the correct nursing interventions to help...
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