About AACN CSI Academy

The AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy is a 16-month nursing excellence and leadership training program designed to leverage the staff nurse's expertise to enhance patient care and decrease hospital expenses. This team-based program provides hospitals with both educational content, implementation tools and grant funding to groom nurse leaders who implement change initiatives resulting in improved patient and fiscal outcomes.

Empowering Nurse Leaders 

AACN CSI Academy aims to empower staff nurses with the knowledge and support necessary to become leaders who guide their peers in creating unit-based change that is easily scaled hospital-wide. The program reflects AACN's proactive response to the Institute of Medicine's landmark report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," which confirms the vital role nursing can and should play in the transformation of healthcare.

AACN CSI Academy expands on a successful pilot program conducted in Kansas City, Missouri, which resulted in significant, measurable improvements in patient outcomes and hospital savings.

Program Curriculum

Selected hospitals engage a team of up to four nurses to work with AACN CSI Academy faculty and an internal mentor to identify issues related to patient care, then develop and implement solutions resulting in quantifiable improvements. The curriculum consists of content delivered in an experiential learning environment, including onsite workshops, webinars and regular consultations in person, by phone and via email.

Educational topics encompass:

  • Leadership
  • Project Identification
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Data Collection and Analysis for Patient and Fiscal Impact
  • Project Implementation
  • Strategic Communication 

Implementation Grants

Hospitals selected to participate receive a $10,000 grant to support the team's learning journey.

More Information 

For more information about AACN CSI Academy, explore supporting information from the pilot program or contact Susan Lacey, RN, PhD, FAAN, Program Director, at susan.lacey@aacn.org or (816) 812-8253.