Integrating quality and safety competencies into undergraduate nursing using student-designed simulation

J Nurs Educ. 2011 Aug;50(8):429-36. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20110429-04. Epub 2011 Apr 29.


The purpose of this study was to determine whether an innovative teaching approach, a student-led simulation, was effective in increasing students' quality and safety knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the six Quality and Safety Education for Nurses competency areas. The sample included students (N = 141) enrolled in a traditional and accelerated leadership course in the baccalaureate-nursing program at a midwestern public university during the fall 2009 semester. A quasi-experimental pretest and posttest design was used. Paired-samples t tests were used to analyze the data. Overall scores on the self-inventory in the traditional (p < 0.001) and accelerated (p = 0.011) groups significantly increased. Knowledge and safety test scores in both the traditional (knowledge: p < .001; safety: p = 0.028) and accelerated (knowledge: p = 0.027; safety: p = 0.03) groups increased significantly. The innovation significantly improved students' self-efficacy and knowledge related to the quality and safety competencies.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / methods*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Midwestern United States
  • Patient Simulation*
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Safety Management*
  • Videotape Recording