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Boston-area hospitals chosen for AACN training


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has continued the national rollout of its new hospital-based nurse leadership and innovation training program with the addition of seven Boston-area hospitals.

AACN’s Clinical Scene Investigator Academy is designed to empower bedside nurses as clinician leaders and change agents whose initiatives improve patient outcomes and positively impact the hospital’s bottom line.

Participating hospitals in Massachusetts are Baystate Medical Center, Springfield; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; Newton-Wellesley Hospital; South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth; and Tufts Medical Center, Boston.

Dave Hanson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNS, will serve as lead faculty for the nurses participating in Boston’s AACN CSI Academy program. He is a nursing educator, speaker and consultant in Chicago, and served as AACN’s 2007-08 national president.

“The AACN CSI Academy provides the opportunity for staff nurses to work with colleagues from other organizations and to learn and share innovative, evidence-based approaches to the delivery of quality patient care,” Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, chief nurse and senior vice president for patient care, Massachusetts General Hospital, said in a news release.

For the next 16 months, teams of four nurses from each hospital will work with CSI faculty, an internal mentor and their CNOs to identify issues related to their existing patient care responsibilities. Teams then will develop and implement unit-based projects, resulting in quantifiable improvements in patient outcomes and decreases in hospital expenses.

The teams in Massachusetts join cohorts already in progress in Indiana and North Carolina, for a total of 20 participating hospitals.



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