American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Share Leadership Program Results

Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system that is driven by the needs of patients and their families. In 2014, nurses at seven New York hospitals developed a list of cost-saving initiatives upon the completion of a 16-month nurse leadership and innovation training program.

The program, known as the AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy, is a team-oriented program designed to inspire nurses to come up with initiatives that are intended to measurably improve the quality of patient care while improving the bottom-line impact on hospitals. As the only program of its type, the AACN CSI Academy represents a substantial investment by the AACN in the future of nursing.

Among the teams’ clinical successes were decreased catheter-associated urinary tract infections, decreased average length of stay in the intensive care unit, and reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections. Through the program, critical care nurses at seven New York hospitals developed initiatives that substantially reduced infections, improved other patient outcomes, and demonstrated anticipated financial savings of over $4 million.

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