AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy Enpower Nurses to Lead Care Improvment

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    AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy

    The AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy is a 16-month nursing excellence and leadership training program designed to leverage the staff nurse's expertise to enhance patient care and decrease hospital expenses. Building upon a proven pilot project, this team-based program provides hospitals with both implementation tools and funding to groom nurse leaders who implement change initiatives resulting in improved patient and fiscal outcomes.

    Empowering Nurse Leaders


    AACN CSI Academy aims to empower staff nurses with the knowledge and support necessary to become leaders who guide their peers in creating unit-based change that is easily scaled hospital-wide. The program reflects AACN's proactive response to the Institute of Medicine's landmark report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," which confirms the vital role nursing can and should play in the transformation of healthcare.

    AACN CSI Academy expands on a successful pilot program conducted in Kansas City, Missouri, which resulted in significant, measurable improvements in patient outcomes and hospital savings.

    Program Curriculum

    Selected hospitals engage a team of four nurses to work with AACN CSI Academy faculty and an internal mentor from their institution to identify issues related to patient care, then develop and implement solutions resulting in quantifiable improvements. The curriculum consists of content delivered in an experiential learning environment, including onsite workshops, webinars and regular consultations in person, by phone and via e-mail.
    Educational topics encompass:

    • Leadership
    • Project Identification
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Data Collection and Analysis for Patient and Fiscal Impact
    • Project Implementation
    • Strategic Communication

    Implementation Grants

    Hospitals selected to participate receive a $10,000 grant to support the team's learning journey.

    Full info here


    Program is expanding to Philadelphia area hospitals-- all are Magnet facilities who strongly support nurses advancing skill set and improved patient care. Karen

    Pennsylvania Hospitals Join AACN CSI Academy

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