Nurses Leading Innovation
About AACN CSI Academy
Nurses Transforming Healthcare Through Innovation
AACN believes frontline nurses are critical players in creating lasting change and, ultimately, in transforming healthcare. AACN CSI Academy aims to provide staff nurses with the knowledge and support to lead their peers in creating unit-based change that is easily scaled hospital-wide for maximum impact.Our investment of resources and expertise in offering this program reflects AACN’s proactive response to the Institute of Medicine's landmark “Future of Nursing” report, which confirms the vital role nursing can and should play in the transformation of healthcare.
AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy is a 16-month, hospital-based leadership and innovation training program designed to empower bedside nurses as clinician leaders and change agents whose initiatives measurably improve patient and fiscal outcomes.At its core, AACN CSI Academy leverages the staff nurse's expertise to enhance patient care and expands it with additional leadership skills gained through team education, coaching and mentoring.
In partnership with a regional CNO champion, AACN identifies area hospitals or health systems to participate in AACN CSI Academy. Selected hospitals engage a team of up to four nurses who work together throughout the program. Curriculum consists of content delivered in an experiential learning environment, including on-site workshops, webinars and regular faculty-peer consultations in person, by phone and via email.
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I had a lot of ideas but didn’t know how to focus them or where to go. CSI Academy lit a flame and I’ve been unstoppable.Regan Morimoto, New York Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
The CSI program taught me that change is not something to be afraid of. There’s always something new and better we can be doing for our patients.Kathy Lee, New York Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
Through CSI Academy, I found that I really have a voice with the administration and am able to change the system.Florence Holmes, Tufts Medical Center
Not only did we have awesome results, we were able to take back other teams’ ideas and tailor them to meet the needs of our own institution.Rachel Culpepper, Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital
AACN CSI Program Results
CSI Innovation Projects
Improving Sepsis Core Measure Compliance in the...
By increasing sepsis bundle compliance, a...
Team SICU Nurse-Led Rounds
A nurse-led quality initiative emphasizing...
Teamwork Leads to Dreamwork
Explore how a new staffing model implemented by...
Keep Calm, Stop the Clot
PICU nurses at a San Diego children’s hospital...
Be Brief & Debrief
Learn how San Diego-area nurses eliminated...
ICU Diary Project: Your Stay, Your Story
A nurse-driven ICU diary protocol resulted in...