Background: AACN CSI Academy

CSI Academy Pilot Project

AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy represents the national expansion of a pilot program developed by Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, which 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 quality improvement project, but CSI Academy participants learned they have the ability to influence change on their units, improve patient outcomes and increase nursing satisfaction.

In addition to significant fiscal impact, the group achieved improved clinical outcomes that include reductions in:

  • Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers by 65 percent
  • Heel ulcers by 51 percent
  • Use of restraints by 24 percent
  • Falls with injury by 21 percent
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