Educational Innovations 

Teaching the Quality Improvement Process to Nursing Students

Barbara J. Dotson, MSN, RN, CNE; Lisa Lewis, MSN, RN, CNE

  • Journal of Nursing Education
  • July 2013 - Volume 52 · Issue 7: 398-400
  • DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20130613-01


During the past decade, there has been increasing emphasis on nurses leading and participating in quality improvement (QI) activities, creating a need for nursing students to learn QI skills. There is minimal information that explains how to teach QI skills or provide nursing students with the opportunity to participate in actual QI projects. Faculty in a prelicensure diploma RN program developed a project that provides an opportunity for senior students to participate in an interdisciplinary team related to the development, planning, and implementation of QI projects in a geriatric setting. [J Nurs Educ. 2013;52(7):398–400.]

Ms. Dotson is Nurse Educator, Course Coordinator-Theory, and Clinical Instructor, and Ms. Lewis is Nurse Educator-Theory and Clinical Instructor, Watts School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina.

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

The authors thank Donna Rogers, MEd, RN, and Kimberly Laurent, MSN, RN, CCRN, Watts School of Nursing.

Address correspondence to Barbara J. Dotson, MSN, RN, CNE, Watts School of Nursing, 2828 Croasdaile Drive, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27705; e-mail:

Received: September 17, 2012
Accepted: February 20, 2013
Posted Online: June 13, 2013



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