Jane Barnsteiner: Living AAN Legend


Jane Barnsteiner: Living AAN Legend

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) has named Jane H. Barnsteiner a living legend for her significant contributions to nursing and health care during her career. The official designation will be made in a ceremony at the 2022 AAN Health Policy Conference. It is the academy’s highest honor.

“Dr. Barnsteiner spent three decades of his Penn career in a variety of roles and left an indelible mark at Penn Nursing, along with our clinical partners at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Hospital, and about impacting teaching, scholarship, and practice the excellence for which we are known,” said Penn Dean of Nursing Antonia Villarruel. “Her passion for pediatric nursing and patient safety has had an impact on healthcare that cannot be underestimated.She is also a Penn Nursing alumnus, and we are so proud of her incredible accomplishments and impact.

Dr. Barnsteiner is Professor Emeritus at Penn Nursing and Editor-in-Chief of Translational Research and Quality Improvement for the American Journal of Nursing (AJN). Previously, she served as Director of Nursing for Translational Research at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Director of Nursing Practice and Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It is internationally recognized as a leader in quality, safety and evidence-based practice. Two common threads throughout her career are that she has merged service and academia to ensure practice is evidence-based and education is relevant to practice. Additionally, she is known as one of the earliest thought leaders in developing and implementing innovative programs to improve quality and safety.

Dr. Barnsteiner began her practice as a pediatric nurse and pioneered many innovations to help children with complex health conditions, such as creating the world’s first pediatric critical care advanced practice program; develop the first course on the care of medically fragile children in the community; and be among the first to bring technology-dependent children and their families into the classroom to share their first-hand experiences with students. She also co-wrote Person and Family Centered Carewhich received an AJN Book of the Year Award.

Dr. Barnsteiner was instrumental in developing the Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN) initiative, which outlined the skills needed to be taught in schools to prepare nurses for entry to practice. Since the launch of the initiative, she has been an international leader in the dissemination of the QSEN framework. She has co-led curriculum development and taught at eleven national QSEN institutes, educating 1,500 faculty on QSEN skills and strategies for integrating them into curricula. She has collaborated with clinical leaders to help embed the QSEN principles in guidance, clinical advancement, and clinical research. She has provided dozens of consultations on evidence-based practice, quality of patient care, and program reform in numerous international settings. She co-edited all three editions of Quality and Safety in Nursing, with two editions receiving AJN’s Book of the Year awards. The texts have been translated into four languages.

Dr. Barnsteiner co-led a national nursing school survey of student nursing errors and near misses that documented the policies and practices that schools had in place or lacked in terms of safety, errors and near misses. She and her colleagues then designed and tested a national database that the National Council of State Boards of Nursing acquired to track trends and mistakes made by nursing students. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1991.


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