N108: Transition to the Registered Professional Nurse Role Study Guide • Work in an interdisciplinary team: Cooperate, collaborate, communicate, and integrate care in teams to ensure that care is continuous and reliable • Employ evidence-based practice: Integrate research with clinical expertise and patient values for optimum care; participate in learning and research activities to the extent feasible • Apply quality improvement: Identify errors and hazards in care; understand and implement basic safety design principles, such as standardization and simplification; continually understand and measure quality of care in terms of structure, process, and outcomes in relation to patient and community needs; design and test interventions to change processes and systems of care, with the objective of improving quality • Utilize informatics: Communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making using information technology Quality and Safety Education for Nurses The IOM core competencies were delineated specifically for nursing education in the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Report (2007), an ongoing research project funded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. The QSEN pre-licensure competencies added the competency of safety to the IOM competencies. The project integrated the IOM recommendations into nursing curricula and provided a framework to meet nursing practice competencies as well as serving as a national resource for curriculum models and sharing teaching strategies. The newly graduated RN competencies are: • Patient-centered care: Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs. • Teamwork and collaboration: Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care. • Evidence-based practice (EBP): Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise, patient/family preferences, and values for delivery of optimal health care. • Quality improvement (QI): Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems. • Safety: Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. • Informatics: Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.