NUR 352 - Nursing Research

Maine Nurse Core Competencies

Maine Partners in Nursing Education and Practice has adopted Nursing Core Competencies for the Nurse of the Future, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Nursing Initiative and Massachusetts' work within the content of their RWJ/IOM grant. 

Core competencies

There are 11 Core Competencies that have been adopted:

  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • System-Based Practice
  • Informatics and Technology
  • Communication
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Safety
  • Geriatrics
  • Quality Improvement
  • Evidence Based Practice

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QSEN Competencies

From the QSEN website:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has funded the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project for three phases to date. The overall goal through all phases of QSEN is to address the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSA) necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems in which they work.

In order accomplish this goal, six competencies were defined in Phase I of the project. These competencies included five from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) -patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics- as well as safety. In addition to these definitions, sets of knowledge, skills and attitudes for each of the six competencies were created for use in nursing pre-licensure programs (Cronenwett, et. al., 2007).

Using the Institute of Medicine (2003) competencies for nursing, QSEN faculty have defined pre-licensure and graduate quality and safety competencies for nursing and proposed targets for the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be developed in nursing pre-licensure programs for each competency:

  1. Patient-Centered Care
  2. Teamwork & Collaboration
  3. Evidence Based Practice
  4. Quality Improvement
  5. Safety
  6. Informatics

Led by a national advisory board and distinguished faculty, QSEN pursues strategies to build will and develop effective teaching approaches to assure that future graduates develop competencies in patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics.

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