The Foundation for Nursing Excellence (“FFNE”) was created by the NC Board of Nursing in April 2002 as a non-profit, corporation organized to improve health outcomes for the citizens of North Carolina by enhancing the practice of nursing and to support projects whose efforts will provide new and innovative methodologies related to nursing regulation and safe, effective nursing practice.
In January 2005, the FNE sponsored its first invitational conference focused on improving health care delivered to citizens of NC. The Patient Safety Symposium was held to update attendees on patient safety initiatives nationally and across North Carolina and to identify opportunities to enhance patient safety through collaboration among NC’s leading health care entities. This symposium was the first of its kind held in North Carolina.
In September 2008, the FNE hired the first Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Polly Johnson. Additionally, invitational conferences were held in March and June 2009 to identify core competencies needed for preceptors and promising practices for both preceptor role development and the use of simulation. Results of these conferences will further inform the creation of a preceptor role development training package that will then be piloted in 2010 for its effectiveness.