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AACN releases online learning modules for faculty


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recently announced the launch of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses learning module series, a free faculty development resource for nurse educators teaching in master’s and doctoral programs.

“Preparing faculty to teach quality and safety content is essential to ensuring that future generations of nurses are able to thrive in practice environments that promote patient-centered care, quality improvement and interprofessional collaboration,” AACN President Eileen Breslin, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in a news release. “In keeping with our commitment to providing state-of-the-art faculty development opportunities, AACN is pleased to offer these new learning modules that will assist nurse educators in shaping the curriculum used in master’s and doctoral programs.”

Between 2012 and 2014, AACN led a graduate nursing faculty development effort linked to the national QSEN initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To build on AACN’s commitment to further disseminate the QSEN teaching strategies, the association has developed seven web-based learning modules focused on a call to action as well as the six core QSEN competencies: patient-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; safety; and informatics.

The interactive learning modules are available for free to all nurse faculty in graduate nursing programs and can be accessed through AACN’s online collaboration community. Faculty will have the opportunity to earn ANCC contact hours for each completed module.

To download the graduate-level QSEN competencies, see For more information on AACN’s work with the national QSEN initiative, see


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