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Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Competencies in Doctor of Nursing Practice Education

Exemplars From Education and Practice

Acton, Cindy DNP, RN, NEA-BC; Farus-Brown, Susan DNP, RN, FNP-BC; Alexander, Catherine DNP, RN; Morrow, Linda DNP, RN, CNOR, CPHQ; Ossege, Julianne PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP; Tovar, Elizabeth PhD, RN, FNP-C

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000426
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Graduate level Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies were created to facilitate preparation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate to have an impact on health care system changes, advance nursing practice, and improve the health of populations. Although there is agreement that QSEN competencies are important to DNP education, little is known about implementation of the competencies. This article describes the importance of QSEN competencies in DNP education and provides exemplars of QSEN competencies in DNP education and practice.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor and Director of MSN Administration Track, School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock (Dr Acton); Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Ohio University-Zanesville (Dr Farus-Brown); Adjunct Faculty, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, Massachusetts; VA Quality Scholar; and Chief Executive Officer, Mobile Medical Training, Portsmouth, Rhode Island (Dr Alexander); Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut (Dr Morrow); and Associate Professor, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Lexington (Drs Ossege and Tovar).

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Farus-Brown, Ohio University-Zanesville, 1425 Newark Rd, Zanesville, OH 43701 (

Accepted for publication: June 9, 2017

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