Integrating QSEN Competencies Into Student Learning: Teaching Strategies for Classroom and Clinical Learning

Integrating QSEN Competencies Into Student Learning: Teaching Strategies for Classroom and Clinical Learning

Educators know what constitutes patient safety and quality care, but recent studies indicate faculty need resources and continuing education to meet this accreditation requirement and to prepare nursing students for the expectations of current practice. Integrating the QSEN competencies is not teaching the six competencies; it is implementing purposeful activities designed to facilitate the learner in developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to meet the competencies and translate that learning into actions. This presentation will describe teaching strategies that support the QSEN competencies and demonstrate how they can be integrated into the curriculum, emphasizing where safety and healthcare improvement strategies should be introduced, where they should be reinforced, and where they should be emphasized as an expectation of nursing practice.

Session Objectives
Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify knowledge, skills, and attitudes that emphasize the QSEN competencies
  • Demonstrate strategies that can be integrated into classroom or clinical teaching to support behaviors consistent with the QSEN competencies
  • Discuss resources to support educational strategies aimed at quality improvement, patient safety, and systems’ effectiveness to promote student learning in classroom and clinical teaching.


Gerry Altmiller

Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, is a professor of nursing at The College of New Jersey, a clinical nurse specialist consultant for Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, and has pioneered the integration of quality and safety competencies in nursing education since 2006 when she served as a faculty leader for one of the 15 pilot schools for the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Collaboration. She currently is a national consultant for QSEN, a member of the QSEN Institute Advisory Board, and director of the QSEN Institute Regional Center at The College of New Jersey. Dr. Altmiller wrote the “Teamwork and Communication Module” of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s Transition to Practice program and, in 2014, she received a Lindback Award for distinguished teaching. Her work on constructive feedback led to the development, testing, and dissemination of support tools for nurse educators and learning tools for students to view feedback as an opportunity. Dr. Altmiller was co-editor of a special QSEN issue of “Nurse Educator” and currently serves on the editorial board. Her research focuses on clinical evaluation, QSEN integration, and communication challenges in educational and practice environments.