The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce that the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $250,000 in new funding to sponsor a Faculty Development Institute for nurse educators in the San Francisco Bay Area.  This generous award will extend the reach of AACN’s national faculty enrichment program which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as Phase III of the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN) initiative.  

“The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is extremely pleased to support San Francisco Bay Area nurse educators in enhancing their programs with the AACN Quality and Safety Education for Nursing principles. By developing the nurses of the future, nurse educators have a profound impact on the care provided to patients. The San Francisco Bay Area QSEN Institute will enhance this impact through supporting educators in incorporating important quality and safety principles into their programs,” said Marybeth Sharpe, Initiative Lead for the Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

“We applaud the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for their strong commitment to nurse faculty development, which will have a measurable impact on the quality of care available in the San Francisco Bay Area,” said AACN President Fay Raines, PhD, RN.  “The Foundation clearly understands the central role that nursing education plays in upgrading healthcare quality and strengthening patient safety across healthcare delivery systems.”

AACN is hosting a series of regional QSEN Faculty Development Institutes in 2010 and 2011 to enhance the ability of nurse faculty to effectively develop quality and safety competencies among graduates of entry-level registered nursing programs. This development opportunity gives nurse faculty key training and information to improve their curricula with a focus on six core competencies: patient-centered care; teamwork and collaboration; evidence-based practice; quality improvement; patient safety; and informatics.  Using a train-the-trainer model, QSEN institute participants are expected to educate and mentor their faculty colleagues in the teaching of quality and safety concepts.

In addition to the eight previously scheduled institutes, funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will be used to offer a ninth institute at the Foundation’s conference center in Palo Alto, CA on June 9-11, 2010.  Nursing schools offering associate degree, baccalaureate and/or entry-level masters’ degrees in nursing that are located within the 10-county San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to send faculty.  These schools include:

Cabrillo College

California State University East Bay

Chabot College

City College of San Francisco

College of Marin

College of San Mateo

Contra Costa College

De Anza College

Dominican University of California

Evergreen Valley College

Gavilan College

Los Medanos College

Merritt College

Mission College

Napa Valley College

Ohlone College

Pacific Union College-Angwin Campus

Samuel Merritt University

San Francisco State University

San Jose State University

Santa Rosa Junior College

Solano Community College

Sonoma State University

Unitek College

University of California San Francisco

University of San Francisco

Faculty will be selected to attend this QSEN institute through a competitive process, and schools will receive a $1,000 stipend per participant to help defray the cost of releasing faculty and to support the faculty member’s efforts to revise the curriculum. The impact of this institute will be evaluated during the two years following the faculty training session.

Faculty interested in attending the QSEN institute are encouraged to register now as only 75 attendees may participate in this special enrichment opportunity.  Schools may send up to 20 percent of their full-time nursing faculty to this program.  For more information and to register, see 

To learn more about the national QSEN Education Consortium and the other regional faculty development institutes, see

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental conservation and scientific research around the world and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal of the Foundation’s Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative is to improve nursing-related patient outcomes in adult acute care hospitals. For more information, visit 

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 640 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. 

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