Quality improvement education partnerships: qualitative interviews with nursing academics and healthcare organisation participants

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Quality improvement is included as an element in pre-registration health professions education curriculum to meet the requirements of professional registration. There is evidence that an innovative education method for quality improvement is by partnering with healthcare organisations to teach this content, to provide meaningful experiential learning. The aim of this research was to explore the experiences of higher education nursing academics and healthcare organisation participants in relation to quality improvement education and partnerships in Australia.
Fourteen higher education nursing academics and quality improvement healthcare organisation nurses participated in semi-structured interviews that explored their experiences of quality improvement education and quality improvement education partnerships. Interview themes were determined using reflexive thematic analysis.
The current state of pre-registration nursing quality improvement education was divided into three themes which described that quality improvement is; not valued, not clearly defined or understood, and that quality improvement is for other people and not part of the daily work for general nurses. The results also identified themes that considered how quality improvement education partnerships may look in the future. These included; advantages of partnerships, safety and protection for those involved, and leadership support of the innovative idea of partnerships
Quality improvement education partnerships are an innovative solution for teaching pre-registration nursing students, which could also be used in other health professions education settings. Fostering this culture of improvement for early career nurses through these partnerships, creates a potential for change to the current state of quality improvement education. By engaging pre-registration nursing students in this way, they will enter the healthcare organisation with quality improvement knowledge, understanding and skills that are translatable to safe, quality patient care.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2023
EventAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Conference 2023 - Gold Coast Convention Centre, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 26 Jun 202329 Jun 2023


ConferenceAustralian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleANZAHPE 2023
CityGold Coast
OtherTurning Tides: Navigating the Opportunities
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  • Quality improvement
  • Nursing education
  • Qualitative design

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