For the last decade, quality and safety have been the ardent focus of healthcare improvement. Many agencies provide resources to healthcare providers to assist their endeavors. The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Collaboration developed competencies that define the concepts of quality and safety in relation to nursing practice and education. These concepts are not new to orthopaedic nursing; they are better defined through the QSEN competencies so that nurses can develop practice behaviors that ensure quality and safety for the patients they care for. The QSEN competencies guide the processes that support the Orthopaedic Core Competencies: Across the Lifespan. Together, they enhance the orthopaedic specialty by deepening the focus on patient safety and high-quality care. Preceptors are in a unique position to influence new nurses and those transitioning into orthopaedic nursing to adopt these practices as they develop skills to meet the requirements of the specialty.
Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, Assistant Professor, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
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