Pennsylvania hospitals selected to participate in nurse leadership program

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    March 28,2013
    AACN Press release

    Pennsylvania Hospitals Join AACN CSI Academy


    American Association of Critical-Care Nurses expands AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy to fifth region

    The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) selects seven Pennsylvania hospitals as the newest participants in its hospital-based nurse leadership and innovation training program.

    AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy is designed to empower bedside nurses as clinician leaders and change agents whose initiatives measurably improve the quality of patient care with bottom-line impact to the hospital.
    As the only nursing excellence and leadership skill-building program that provides hospitals with both educational programming and grant funds to support project implementation, AACN CSI Academy represents a substantial investment by AACN in the future of nursing.
    Participating hospitals in Pennsylvania:

    • Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington
    • Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia
    • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
    • Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood
    • Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown
    • Penn Medicine–Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia
    • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia


    ..For the next 16 months, teams of up to four nurses from each Pennsylvania hospital will work with CSI faculty, an internal mentor and a chief nursing officer to identify issues related to existing patient care responsibilities.

    Teams will then develop and implement unit-based projects, resulting in quantifiable improvements in patient outcomes and decreases in hospital expenses. In most cases, it is anticipated the projects will be implemented in other units at each hospital.
    Susan Lacey, RN, PhD, FAAN, director of the AACN CSI Academy program, will serve as lead faculty for the participating Pennsylvania hospitals.

    “AACN CSI Academy offers tremendous potential benefits for nurses, patients and hospitals, from strengthening clinician confidence to preventing adverse events and shortening hospital stays,” Lacey said.
    “The program is an important part of AACN’s ongoing commitment to empowering direct care nurses and supporting their vital role in the transformation of healthcare.

    The AACN CSI Academy teams in Pennsylvania join cohorts already in progress in Indiana, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Texas, for a combined total of 35 participating hospitals....

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