The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), addresses the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems within which they work.
The following six competencies were defined in Phase I of the project to accomplish this goal. These competencies included five from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) -patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics- as well as safety.
The QSEN Initiative was originally comprised of three phases. Phase I identified the following six competency areas to be addressed by the initiative:
The Six Competencies: