The purpose of this study is to measure the impact of the didactic content of the quality and safety course on students’ learning of the competencies recommended by Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Institute (QSEN.org). QSEN competencies include patient-centered care, Teamwork/communication, Quality Improvement, Safety, and Informatics. The participants were enrolled in my NURS 420 Quality and Safety online class. As part of the course, they take two QSEN competencies assessments. As they completed the assessments they chose whether they consented or not to having their assignment data used for research. Comparing mean scores of pre and post measurements of students’ QSEN competencies provided insights into the change in students’ self-reported knowledge base. The statistical test that was used is a paired-sample t-test which compared pre and post scores of the same group. Initial findings have shown a statistically significant difference in self-perceived QSEN competencies across all 5 QSEN subscales of patient-centered care, Teamwork/communication, QI, Safety, and Informatics; as well as the total QSEN scores. across all the subscales and total scores the p value was < 0.01. The results suggest that online subject matter can be delivered with effective attainment of course objectives which is measured by student’s self-reported competencies before and after the course.
Associate Professor, Nursing, Minnesota State University, Minnesota, United States