Background: AACN CSI Academy

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

Reduction Of % Hospital Savings
Heel Ulcers
  • 51%
Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers
  • 65%
  • Med Errors
  • Falls With Injury
  • Use of Restraints
  • 16%
  • 21%
  • 24%
* 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:

Attachment Size
Saint Luke's Hospital - Increasing Nursing Certification 212.82 KB
Truman Medical Center - Reducing Pressure Ulcers 242.84 KB
Providence Medical Center - Practice Partners 734 KB
Lafayette Regional Health Center - Fast Track to Success 692.44 KB
University of Kansas Hospital - Race to Unit Excellence 1.26 MB
Children's Mercy Hospital - Pain Education 1.42 MB
Kansas City VA Medical Center - Heels' Angels 2.45 MB
CSI Project Toolkit 1.22 MB

Media Coverage — CSI Academy Pilot Project

Advance for Nurses
Street Smarts for Nurses (Mar. 8, 2011)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Kansas City PIN Project Taps Nurse Leadership to Improve Patient Outcomes  (Jan. 28, 2011)

More Information

Devin Bowers RN, MSN, NE-BC
AACN CSI Academy
Program Manager
Fax 949.448.5536


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