The QSEN Collaboration was founded in 2005, supported by funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and guided by PI Linda Cronenwett from UNC Chapel Hill. At the end of funding it became the QSEN Institute at Case Western Reserve University. In 2016, The College of New Jersey became the first QSEN Institute Regional Center and serves the Northeast region of the United States, from Maine to Washington, DC with Pennsylvania and New York, under the directorship of Gerry Altmiller, EdD, APRN, ACNS-BC, FAAN.
The mission of QSEN is to address the challenge of assuring that nurses have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems in which they work. Focused on transforming the basic education for nurses to reflect a new identity for nurses that demonstrates knowledge, skill, and attitudes that emphasize quality and safety in patient care, QSEN provides teaching strategies for implementation in nursing education and resources to support the development of nurses and nurse educators.