J Nurs Care Qual. 2013 Jan-Mar;28(1):24-32. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3182678f41.

The Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars program: a model for interprofessional education in quality and safety.

Patrician PA, Dolansky MA, Pair V, Bates M, Moore SM, Splaine M, Gilman SC.


School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project is enhancing the emphasis on quality care and patient safety content in nursing schools. A partnership between QSEN and the Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars program resulted in a unique experiential, interdisciplinary fellowship for both nurses and physicians. This article introduces the Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars program and provides examples of learning activities and fellows' accomplishments. Interprofessional quality and safety education at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels is germane to improving the quality of health care.

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