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Pennsylvania hospitals join Clinical Scene Investigator Academy

Saturday July 6, 2013
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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses selected seven Pennsylvania hospitals as the newest participants in its hospital-based nurse leadership and innovation training program.

According to a news release, the AACN Clinical Scene Investigator 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.

Participating hospitals in Pennsylvania are Abington (Pa.) Memorial Hospital; Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pa.; Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa.; Penn Medicine–Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia.

"We were attracted to AACN CSI Academy because it offers our nurses the ability to collaborate and work systematically toward improving nurse-sensitive patient outcomes," Rebecca Trotta, RN, PhD, director of nursing research at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said in the release.

"Given the previous success of AACN CSI Academy in other cities, we look forward to having our nurses and nurse leaders participate in mentored workshops where they have the opportunity to learn quality improvement methodology from AACN experts and apply it directly to issues they face in practice."

Anne Jadwin, RN, MSN, AOCN, NE-BC, vice president of nursing and CNO at Fox Chase Cancer Center, said in the release that the program enables participants to directly influence the patient care experience by providing bedside nurses with mentored sequential professional development and experiential learning, resulting in expanded leadership competence for nurses and enhanced care for patients.

"AACN CSI Academy helps develop the next generation of nurse leaders," Jadwin said in the release.

"The program empowers frontline nurses to become change agents, taking ownership of a specific practice improvement and moving it successfully through the organizational process."

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 CNO to identify issues related to existing patient care responsibilities. Teams then will develop and implement unit-based projects. In most cases, according to the release, 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 in the release.

"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.

Nurse participants in the other regions are undertaking projects such as preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers, falls, delirium and unplanned extubation, and improving communication and teamwork between healthcare providers and patients’ families.

In addition to benefiting participating hospitals, the program is designed to foster industry-wide nursing innovation through sharing of results and best practices via publications, presentations and online content.


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