Integrating quality improvement into pre-registration education
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Integrating quality improvement into pre-registration education

Aled Jones Senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
Angela Williams Senior lecturer, Glyndwr University, Wrexham
Andrew Carson-Stevens Clinical lecturer, Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University

Healthcare organisations around the world are adopting new strategies to improve the quality of patient care in response to reports of negative patient outcomes and cuts to public service expenditure. However, many nurses lack the knowledge, skills and attitude to improve the systems within which they work, calling for a radical redesign of nursing education to integrate quality improvement science. This article describes the integration of quality improvement education within undergraduate nursing education programmes in Wales through collaboration between higher education institutions, NHS Wales and the UK Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School.

Nursing Standard. 27, 29, 44-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 04 October 2012

Accepted: 31 December 2012