Systems Thinking Education in RN-BSN Programs: A Regional Study
Nurses need to take a lead in reducing medical errors. Formal education of systems thinking (ST) can be a catalyst for error prevention.
Integration of ST in RN-BSN education has not been studied.
A descriptive, cross-sectional design using survey methods was used.
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.
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.
Stalter, A. M.,
& Jauch, A.
(2019). Systems Thinking Education in RN-BSN Programs: A Regional Study. Nurse Educator, 44 (2), 112-115.