Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Time: Lunch and posters at 12:00 pm;

Keynote and presentations 12:45 pm-3:00 pm

You are welcome to attend all or any portion of the symposium as your schedule permits.

Where: VCU School of Nursing, 1100 E. Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23219; Room: Younger Auditorium

Cost: Free; however, registration is required

Hosted by: The VCU Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation

Keynote: Gerry Altmiller, Ed.D., APRN, ACNS-BC, associate professor, The College of New Jersey and clinical nurse specialist consultant, Einstein Healthcare Network

A major leader in the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) movement, Altmiller has consulted with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing on its Transition to Practice program. She also serves on the QSEN Institute Advisory Board and has conducted research to examine provider incivility and its impact on patient safety. Her keynote will be followed by a multidisciplinary panel discussion on several key topics, including big data and its influence on quality, the patient experience, and interprofessional perspectives on elevating provider safety.

The purpose of this symposium is to bring best practices in quality and safety to the classroom and bedside. The goals are to:
  • Use QSEN resources to influence socialization to best clinical practices
  • Examine the influence of big data on quality and safety science
  • Relate interprofessional training options to elevate decision-science to the patient's benefit
Call for Posters
Students at all levels, clinicians, researchers, and faculty are encouraged to participate in this Call for Poster Presentations. This year, posters will be judged and prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place positions in two Categories. Category I is for Innovation and Creativity in creating a safety/quality message aimed at a defined population. The outcome is focused-messaging suitable for media replication. Category II is for Evidence-based Safety and Quality that demonstrate leading changes in practice.

Judging criteria are as follows:

Category I: Innovative/Creative Poster Criterion:

  • Defined message that advances quality and safety aimed at patient/family care.
  • Clear focus on a target audience (to include diverse populations across socioeconomic, cultural, geographic, and or age-specific cohort).
  • Unique use of graphics and techniques to amplify the quality and safety message.
  • Degree of impact on quality and safety outcomes.
  • Suitability for media replication.

Category II: Evidence-based Safety and Quality Poster Criterion:

  • Defined topical/problem focus impacting clinical provider quality and safety, and/or patient/family centered quality and safety
  • Use and appropriateness of data/evidence sources to substantiate the problem from various sources: patient-generated health data, social determinants of health data, genomic/proteomic/metabalomic data, or EMR/claims/patient satisfaction/population-based/research data.
  • Clarity of the intervention used to improve care quality/safety, optimize outcomes, and/or reduce cost and improve workflow.
  • Description of how the problem and intervention will promote relevant/useful standards and interoperability in the practice setting.
  • Suitability for practice scalability/replication.

Judges will consider the level of education and length of time in the practice environment in their deliberations, so we are seeking novice to experts to participate.

Class assignments or quality improvement projects that are adapted to the above criterion are welcomed and encouraged.

Program forthcoming

Feel free to contact Jamie Smalley at with any questions.

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