Background: AACN CSI Academy
CSI Academy Pilot Project Results
The original CSI Academy was jointly funded by the Northwest Health Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through a "Partners Investing in Nursing's Future" grant, and provided nursing excellence and leadership training to 23 staff nurses at seven hospitals in the greater Kansas City area. Over a 16-month period these nurses led projects that positively affected patient outcomes as well as the fiscal health of their organizations. Each hospital team not only experienced measurable success with its change project, but CSI Academy participants learned they have the ability to influence their units, improve patient outcomes and increase nursing satisfaction.
Overview of Results
|Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers
- Med Errors
- Falls With Injury
- Use of Restraints
|* Average Savings to Hospital
What CSI Academy team members, CNOs and directors are saying ...
- "We learned to grow into leadership and learned to believe in ourselves.
- "We feel more driven to achieve."
- "Our 'Practice Partners' program is still in place on both the units in which it originated and is in fact expanding to a third unit next month."
- "The CSIs continue to be resources to those units needing to increase the number of RNs attaining professional certification."
Inaugural Nursing Innovation Conference
Participants from the pilot CSI Academy presented their projects and results at the first Nursing Innovation Conference on September 10, 2010. Hosted by the Bi-State Nursing Workforce Innovation Center, the conference took place at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Presentations from this inaugural conference may be downloaded here:
Media Coverage — CSI Academy Pilot Project
Advance for Nurses
Street Smarts for Nurses
(Mar. 8, 2011)
Devin Bowers RN, MSN, NE-BC
AACN CSI Academy