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Implementation Methods

The AHRQ funded conference (AHRQ R13 PA-16-453), Dissemination and Implementation Methods: Quality and Safety Competencies in Academia and Practice was part of the 2017 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) conference. It brought together 360 healthcare organization leaders, educators, direct-care nurses, and researchers. The participants learned how to build capability to implement and evaluate quality and safety competencies across educational and healthcare delivery organizations. The conference was on opportunity to align quality and safety competencies across academic and clinical institutions.

Resources and Strategies for Implementation of Quality and Safety Competencies into academia and practice.

Other information about the conference

Speakers were from the Academy for Healthcare Improvement (Armstrong), the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) (Sales), the National Patient Safety Foundation (McGafigan), and healthcare organizations including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Alessandrini), Transforming Care at the Bedside (Needleman), Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania (Burke), and Promedica (Koffel and Tassel). Presenters summarized research and other evidence related to adoption of quality and safety competencies in academic and practice settings; showcased exemplars of successful alignment of quality and safety competencies across academic and practice institutions; provided overviews of implementation, dissemination and evaluation methods specific to quality and safety in academic and practice settings (e.g. design, models, and measurement).

Where can you learn more:

Publication in Nurse Educator

Implementation Science: New Approaches to Integrating Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Competencies in Nursing Education

Dolansky, Mary A. PhD, RN, FAAN; Schexnayder, Julie DNP, RN; Patrician, Patricia A. PhD, RN, FAAN; Sales, Anne PhD, RN

Check out the Journal of Implementation Science (open access).

We have convened a task force to begin a collaborative community to use the knowledge gained from the conference to test the implementation models and evaluations presented. Contact if you are interested.

Collaborative Session

Below is an example of the Implementation Science Collaborative Session provided at the 2018 QSEN International Forum.

Panel Discussion on Implementation of QSEN Competencies and Teaching Strategies

Rebecca Miltner – Moderator


  • Dissemination and Implementation Methods to Integrate QSEN Competencies

  • Multi-site Implementation of Teaching Strategies: Lessons Learned


  • Rebecca Miltner​, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, Birmingham, AL

  • Patricia Patrician​, PhD, RN, FAAN, Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham​,​ Birmingham, AL

  • Gerry Altmiller, ​RN, EdD, Associate Professor of Nursing, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ


The National Cancer Institute is delighted to announce a new resource aimed at increasing more robust uptake of research-driven interventions, practices and policies.

Implementation Science at a Glance: A Guide for Cancer Control Practitioners provides a brief overview of implementation science theories, measures, and approaches. It is written for cancer control practitioners but has broad applicability.

The resource is currently available for download in a variety of formats via the NCI Implementation Science website (

Next month, through our partnership with the Government Publishing Office, it should be widely available through commercial outlets (Barnes and Nobel, iTunes, Amazon etc.) for free download as well.

NCI created Implementation Science at a Glance to increase practitioner awareness and use of implementation science approaches and measures in their cancer control work. We hope it will also help drive more practitioner-centered and practitioner-driven implementation science research forward. By increasing the involvement of public health practitioners, agencies, and organizations in posing questions and conducting research, we seek to advance the field while reducing the research-to-practice gap.

For more information about this resource, please contact Margaret Farrell (


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