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Strategy Submission

Systems Thinking for Quality Improvement: Innovative Teaching Strategy for Advanced Practice


Janet M. Phillips



Clinical Associate Professor



Indiana University


Competency Categories:

Quality Improvement

Learner Level(s):

Graduate Students

Learner Setting(s):


Strategy Type:

Paper Assignments

Learning Objectives:

Evaluate the leadership role in participation, communication, and accountability for improving health care quality and safety in health systems using systems thinking. Reflect on systems thinking to executive leadership roles in quality improvement in health care. Apply principles of organizational readiness strategies for change Identify the role of just culture in quality improvement.

Strategy Overview:

Interview with a nurse executive to evaluate and reflect on the role of leadership using systems thinking for safety and quality improvement for advanced practice.

Submitted Materials:

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Additional Materials:

Assignment Guidelines for Systems Thinking for Quality Improvement: Innovative Teaching Strategy for Advanced Practice with grading rubric

Phillips, J. M., Stalter, A. M., Dolansky, M. A., & McKee-Lopez. (2016). Fostering future leadership in quality and safety in health care through systems thinking. Journal of Professional Nursing, 32(1) 15-24. doi:10/1016/jprofnuurs.2015.06.003

Stalter, A. M., Phillips, J. M., Ruggiero, J. S., Scardaville, D. L., Merriam, D., Dolansky, M. A., Goldschmidt, K. A., Wiggs, C. M., Winegardner, S. (2016). Concept analysis of systems thinking. Nursing Forum 52(4), 323-330/ doi: 10.1111/nuf.12196 (Nursing Forum’s top 20 most downloaded papers in 2018)

Stlater, A. M. & Molta, A. (2018). Using systems thinking to envision quality and safety in healthcare. Nursing Management, 49(2), 32-39.

Evaluation Description:

Evaluation is completed using the grading rubric (see rubric).
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