AACN expands its hospital-based nurse leadership and innovation training program

Published on January 25, 2013 at 5:47 AM · No Comments

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) expands its hospital-based nurse leadership and innovation training program to a fourth region with the addition of eight Austin-area hospitals.

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 central Texas:
•Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, Austin
•Seton Medical Center Austin, Austin
•Seton Medical Center Hays, Kyle
•Seton Medical Center Williamson, Round Rock
•Seton Northwest Hospital, Austin
•St. David's North Austin Medical Center, Austin
•St. David's Medical Center, Austin
•University Medical Center Brackenridge, Austin

Healthcare leaders in the Austin area are eager to introduce the program to local nurses and anticipate the benefits will be substantial.

These leaders include Joyce Batcheller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, senior vice president and system chief nursing officer of the Seton Family of Hospitals."The AACN CSI Academy complements Seton's efforts to create an environment where the collective inherent talent of frontline nurses is unleashed to improve patient outcomes and achieve excellence in care," she said."The program offers a tremendous opportunity to further engage our nurses and demonstrate the impact nurses have on patient care."

The chief nursing officer for St. David's Medical Center, Susan Griffin, RN, MSN, CENP, appreciates how AACN CSI Academy empowers staff leaders to discover and promote best practices. "These types of opportunities hopefully increase staff commitment to not only patients, but to the organization and the career and calling of nursing," she said. "Meaningful change must come from within, and leaders must create the culture that allows it."

For the next 16 months, teams of four nurses from each Austin-area hospital will work with CSI faculty, an internal mentor and their chief nursing officer to identify issues related to their 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 later be implemented in other units at each hospital.

Beth Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, will serve as lead faculty for the nurses participating in Austin's AACN CSI Academy program. She is senior director for medical services at Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region in Charlotte, N.C., and served as the 2008-09 chair of the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors.

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