'CSI' Program Empowers Nurses to Improve Quality Metrics

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, October 22, 2013

The best ideas for improving patient care are not coming from the C-suite, says the chief nurse executive of North Shore-LIJ Health System. The best ideas, she says, are "coming from front-line staff."


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Source: CBS

"CSI" seems to be everywhere, at least on TV. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the popular CBS program that has launched multiple spinoffs, will broadcast its 300th episode this season.

Nursing has its own CSI, but it's quite a bit different than the dramatized prime-time variety. It's the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' Clinical Scene Investigator Academy, or AACN CSI Academy. Last week, the academy selected seven New York hospitals to serve in the sixth and final cohort for its preliminary national rollout of the program.

CSI Academy aims to "empower bedside nurses as clinician leaders and change agents" through programs that are developed and implemented by nursing teams, according to AACN.

The idea of teamwork and engaging bedside nurses is very important to Maureen White, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FAAN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive of North Shore-LIJ Health System, one of hospitals recently selected to be part of the New York cohort. She says she is excited to be a part of a project that will empower bedside staff to participate in nurse-led programs that improve patient care.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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