- Journal of Nursing Education
- May 2012 - Volume 51 · Issue 5: 284-290
Novice nurses are expected to contribute to an organization’s quality initiatives and strategic goals. Therefore, it is imperative for nursing students to learn how a quality framework is woven within an organization. A figure was created that introduced baccalaureate nursing students to key quality concepts linking regulations, the organization, the quality department, and quality improvement (QI) methods. One important goal was to provide a visual framework that could facilitate clinical postconference discussions regarding the interrelationship of these concepts. Fifty-three undergraduate nursing students participated in a pilot over three semesters. Student response was heavily influenced based on their levels of training, which allowed for programmatic revisions each semester. Evaluation yielded improved QI knowledge and attitudes among advanced students (those in a senior transition course ready to graduate); it also served as a useful method to begin meeting the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses’ QI competency.
Mr. D’Eramo is Faculty, Veterans Affairs Nursing Academy, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Rhode Island College, School of Nursing, Providence, Rhode Island.
The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
Address correspondence to Anthony Louis D’Eramo, MSN, RN, Faculty, Veterans Affairs Nursing Academy, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 830 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence, RI 02908; e-mail: email@example.com