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Media Contact: Ashante Dobbs 13 August 2007    
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Emory School of Nursing Awarded National Quality and Safety Education Grant
Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has received a pilot grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) to create and implement an innovative quality and safety curriculum.

The QSEN program is aimed at fostering revolutionary changes in the education of nurses across the more than 700 U.S. collegiate schools of nursing.

"This nation is facing a crisis in healthcare quality and safety," says Marla Salmon, ScD, RN, dean and professor of Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. "Nurses are uniquely well positioned to ensure that patients receive care that is safe and effective.

"The QSEN program is setting the stage for nurses to play even more central roles in providing safe and positive care experiences for patients and their families," says Dr. Salmon. "We are honored to have been selected to be among the leading schools of nursing nationally in this important work."

The grant to Emory will position the school's faculty to build stronger linkages between what students learn in the classroom to the real-world clinical setting. The school already integrates classroom and practical teaching so students learn how to avert common medical errors and improve patient safety early on in their nursing careers.

This award will equip faculty with additional resources to provide advanced quality and safety training and to create new approaches that will be modeled by nursing schools around the country.

"Quality and safety education for nurses is foundational to professional nursing care," says Marsha Lewis, PhD, associate dean for education in the Emory School of Nursing and QSEN grant project leader. "Developing a new model of clinical education will revitalize our educational endeavors and provide students with the knowledge, skill and values needed to produce positive patient outcomes."

Emory's nursing school is one of only 15 schools of nursing around the nation tapped by the Johnson Foundation and the QSEN to develop quality and safety education curricula as part of a new model for nursing education.

The new model will connect classroom and clinical experiences in safety and quality, foster collaboration between faculty and clinicians, and address knowledge, skill and value development through an integrated approach to teaching, practice and research. The U.S. Institute of Medicine highly recommends that all health care professionals be trained in quality improvement and patient safety.

"This grant will help us to graduate students who will begin their professional practice with the confidence that they have the competencies and skill set that will allow them to provide effective patient-centered care," Dr. Lewis says. "It also will aid in development of students' leadership potential and utilize their enthusiasm and creativity in addressing the challenges they may face as nurses."

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University is recognized as a leader in the preparation of students for beginning and advanced practice nursing. Graduates of the school's programs are at the forefront in leadership, serving as role models for excellence in nursing practice throughout the world. The School of Nursing is committed to improving care and nursing leadership through its key values of scholarship, leadership and social responsibility. To learn more, visit

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