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Use these links to find information on trends in nursing, theory and guidelines, as well as access to professional development opportunities and organizations, and job searching sites.
Accountability Measures — Using Measurement to Promote Quality Improvement
Mark R. Chassin, M.D., M.P.P., M.P.H., Jerod M. Loeb, Ph.D., Stephen P. Schmaltz, Ph.D., and Robert M. Wachter, M.D.
N Engl J Med 2010; 363:683-688August 12, 2010.
Professional Organizations and Ethics
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is an independent, not-for-profit organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting public health, safety and welfare, including the development of nursing licensure examinations.
The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, and health care organizations and agencies.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
The American Nursing Association's collection of resources on professional ethics in Nursing- as well as topics regarding human rights, medical ethics, and more.
Theory and Guidelines
Nursing Theories and Models
A companion to Nursing Theories and Models. Contains handouts and supplements for the core book.
AHRQ offers several curriculum tools that health care professionals can use to make care safer and improve their communication and teamwork skills. Information on these tools is provided here.
National Guidelines Clearinghouse
National Guideline Clearinghouse- from AHRQ.
The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute
The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) institute addresses the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems within which they work. This website is a central repository of information on the core QSEN competencies, KSAs, teaching strategies, and faculty development resources designed to best support this goal.
The Joint Commission FAQ
The Joint Commission FAQ. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
Jobs/ Professional Connections
LinkedIn is a professional networking tool that allows you to upload your resume, connect with colleagues, and join groups in a social network for professionals.
Monster.com is a website that allows you to search for jobs locally, by area, or nationally. Upload your resume and references to get started.
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) has links to various RN jobs throughout the country as well as locally.
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