Quality and Safety Begin with a Strong Professional Nursing Identity

Quality and Safety Begin with a Strong Professional Nursing Identity

In 2018, the International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing (ISPIN) began a journey to define Professional Identity in Nursing and describe its domains. Subsequent research has validated this work and the concept of Professional Identity in Nursing has been integrated into several of the foundational documents of nursing in the U.S. This presentation will describe ISPIN and its work, report on a study of practicing nurses that revealed the significant impact of a strong professional nursing identity on patient safety, quality care, and nurse well-being. Participants will have the opportunity to consider the implications for creating educational, work, and regulatory environments that support Professional Identity in Nursing.


Kristen D. Priddy, PhD, RN, CNS

Kristen Priddy, PhD, RN, CNS, is an adjunct faculty member at Texas Christian University. She has been a nurse for over 30 years and has taught undergraduate nursing students for 25 years. Her research focuses on formation Professsional Identity in Nursing in nursing students in the US and nurses around the world. She is a founding member and member of the advisory council of the International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing. Her mission is to understand, touch, and improve nursing education in the US and around the world.

Beth Cusatis Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE

Dr. Beth Cusatis Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE is the Strategic Nursing Advisor with ATI and Ascend Learning. Prior to ATI, Beth spent 16 years at Duke School of Nursing as Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Educational Excellence. Beth taught in the ABSN and MSN programs. Beth spent 9 years at Vance Granville Community College where she taught in and directed the ADN/LPN programs.  Prior to that, Beth worked for 13 years at UNC Hospitals and Vidant Hospital.  Beth received her ADN from Waukesha County Technical Institute; her BSN from East Carolina University; her MSN from Duke; and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Beth’s educational/research/presentation interests include faculty orientation and development, professional identity in nursing, student decision making, and diversity, equity and inclusion.