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Teaching Quality Improvement to the Next Generation of Nurses: What Nurse Managers Can Do to Help

Odell, Ellen DNP, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: December 2011 - Volume 41 - Issue 12 - p 553–557
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182378d8a

Engaging staff in performance improvement and patient safety initiatives is no easy task. It is not just time that is involved but there is also a definite repertoire of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required. This article describes a win-win venture that assists healthcare agencies in improving current quality improvement activities while actively teaching and vetting students in the process. Nursing students enter the workforce with an appreciation and working knowledge of quality improvement, and agencies gain assistance with their programs and outcomes.

Author Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Odell, University of Arkansas, 217 Ozark Hall, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.