Title

Systems Thinking Education in RN-BSN Programs: A Regional Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2018

Abstract

Background

Nurses need to take a lead in reducing medical errors. Formal education of systems thinking (ST) can be a catalyst for error prevention.

Problem

Integration of ST in RN-BSN education has not been studied.

Approach

A descriptive, cross-sectional design using survey methods was used.

Outcomes

Deans of accredited RN-BSN programs across the Midwest reported on ST integration across their RN-BSN programs. Gaps in ST integration were identified as (1) a lack of evaluation tools to determine mastery of systems theory, thinking and awareness, and the application of quality and safety competencies for systems-level synthesis and (2) program outcomes emphasizing autonomy of systems-level decisions.

Conclusions

Systems thinking was integrated across curricula among most accredited RN-BSN programs in the Midwest. Recommendations are to integrate systems theory into program outcomes and to develop evaluation tools that validate ST mastery.

DOI

10.1097/NNE.0000000000000558

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