Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)
The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project began in 2005. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the overall goal of the QSEN initiative is to address the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems in which they work.
Set forth by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), QSEN consists of a set of nursing competencies to ensure all pre-licensure nurses are educated to the same basic level for entry to practice and another set of graduate level competencies for the licensed RN. AORN has incorporated QSEN pre-licensure competencies into the Introduction to Perioperative Nursing course and the graduate competencies into the Periop 101: A Core Curriculum™ programs for OR, ASC, and C-Section.