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Vcan® Mission

The mission of The Versant Center for the Advancement of Nursing® (Vcan®) is to provide professional and organizational development opportunities through research, education, publishing, conferences and other events where nursing and healthcare professionals can engage in a collaborative and disciplined model.

The work of Vcan® is influenced by one overarching concept: an organization’s capacity to provide quality and safe patient care is driven – at least partially - through the collective and cumulative impact of each individual nurse it develops and retains. As each individual nurse is developed, integrated and retained within an organization, the result is a cohesive and highly competent professional nursing organization capable of providing consistent, predictable and sustainable safe patient care to a given patient population.

Competency is an ever-changing attribute essential for the delivery of safe and effective health care (Hodges, 2012). Versant’s mission is to fundamentally improve the quality of patient care through developing competency that is sustained, One Nurse at a Time®. This mission supports the development of individual competence; however, as teams become essential elements in advancing patient safety, collective competence development is also of importance. 

Vcan® exists to support research and education about both individual and collective competency development and the resulting capability created in health care organizations. In particular, evidence of the influence nurses and health care teams have on patient safety, organizational capacity-building and sustainability, and economic success in healthcare are priority research concerns.

Continuing Nursing Education

Versant® is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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About Versant

Versant's focus is to fundamentally transform healthcare through an integrated competency-based system that defines, implements, and validates state of the art practices to achieve positive patient outcomes.