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'CSI' Program Empowers Nurses to Improve Quality Metrics

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2013

One goal is to get families more involved in treatment plans and in decision-making processes. Other possibilities could include reducing post-op infections or ambulation programs for critical care/ICS patients that would aim to reduce length of stay.

Whatever the hospital chooses, the AACN CSI Academy program, which launched in April 2012, has already shown promising results. The program began with a pilot in which nurse-led projects saved $2.6 million across the seven hospitals participating in the program, AACN says. The results were impressive at individual hospitals, too. For instance, one hospital saw an 80% reduction in heel ulcers, thanks to the program.

In addition to hospitals in New York this month, the CSI Academy has been rolled out in hospitals in six states: Indiana, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

White says she was initially drawn to the program because it has the same kind of "feeling" as Robert Wood Johnson's Transforming Care at the Bedside initiative, which North Shore-LIJ was also involved in, and with good results. White—and staff nurses, she reports—are excited to participate in another program that empowers staff nurses to innovate at the bedside, especially one that counts as its tenets teamwork, collaboration, and sharing of metrics and core processes are the program's tenets.

"We have a culture of teamwork and collaboration," White says.


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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