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AACN expands nurse leadership and innovation training program in Texas

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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses expanded its hospital-based nurse leadership and innovation training program to Central Texas by adding eight Austin-area hospitals to its other three regions. AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy is designed to empower bedside nurses as clinician leaders whose initiatives improve the quality of patient care, according to a news release.

The AACN CSI Academy teams in Texas join cohorts in Indiana, North Carolina and Massachusetts.

Central Texas hospitals participating include —

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Austin

Seton Medical Center, Austin

Seton Medical Center Hays, Kyle

Seton Medical Center Williamson, Round Rock

Seton Northwest Hospital, Austin

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

St. David’s Medical Center, Austin

University Medical Center Brackenridge, Austin

Teams of four nurses from each hospital will work with academy faculty, an internal mentor and their CNO to identify existing patient care issues. Teams will develop and implement unit-based projects aimed to improve patient outcomes and decrease hospital expenses. It is anticipated the projects will be implemented later 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 chairwoman of the AACN Certification Corp. Board of Directors.

“This program underscores AACN’s commitment to bedside nurses as they provide ‘safe passage’ for patients in complex healthcare systems,” Martin said in a news release. “Nurses already have extensive clinical knowledge, and AACN CSI Academy helps them develop additional skills, which empowers them to take their leadership to the next level and demonstrate the significant impact the staff nurse has on patient care and the bottom line.”

Regional projects include preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers, falls, delirium and unplanned extubation, and improving communication between providers and patient families.

AACN CSI Academy expands a pilot program developed by the Bi-State Nursing Innovation Center, Kansas City, Mo., with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. AACN will invest $1.25 million to fund national implementation of the program across the country during the next three years. This investment will support program administration and provide a $10,000 implementation grant to each participating hospital, according to the release.

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