Using Quality and Safety Education for Nurses to Guide Clinical Teaching on a New Dedicated Education Unit
Gaps exist in health professional education versus the demands of current practice. Leveraging front-line nurses to teach students exemplary practice in a Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) may narrow this gap. The DEU is an innovative model for experiential learning, capitalizing on the expertise of staff nurses as clinical teachers. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a new academic-practice DEU in facilitating quality and safety competency achievement among students. Six clinical teachers received education in clinical teaching and use of Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies to guide acquisition of essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes for continuous health care improvement. Twelve students assigned to the six teachers completed daily logs for the 10-week practicum. Findings suggest that DEU students achieved QSEN competencies through clinical teacher mentoring in interdisciplinary collaboration, using electronic information for best practice and patient teaching, patient/family decision making, quality improvement, and resolution of safety issues. © SLACK Incorporated.
Journal of Nursing Education
McKown, T., McKown, L., & Webb S. (2011). Using quality and safety education for nurses to guide clinical teaching on a new dedicated education unit. The Journal of Nursing Education, 50(12):706-710. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20111017-03.