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AACN How AACN CSI Academy Changed My Practice H ow can bedside nurses positively impact patient and fiscal outcomes? Six nurses can tell you. They recently completed unit-based change initiatives as participants in AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy, a national nurse leadership and innovation training program. Their most significant take away: Nurse-led projects have significant impact. "It was amazing to see the effects of a nurse-driven project," says Dawn Back, staff nurse at Franciscan St. Francis Health, Indianapolis. "The best moments have been sharing our project with others at the AACN Innovation Conference, our hospital-wide nursing showcase and in a poster at the NDNQI quality conference." Tori Hamilton-Kelly, patient care coordinator at Franciscan St. Francis, notes, "Unexpected outcomes include recognition of how much a unit-based project can impact our organization and patient care." Her CSI team's project cut patient falls in half and saved $230,000. Jennifer LeBlanc, CNIII at Duke Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh, N.C., helped implement early progressive mobility. "The projected annual financial impact of greater than $1 million wowed us all. The qualitative cascade among peers, hospital leadership and outside individuals was even more potent," she says. For her colleague Kerrie Klepfer, "Seeing the substantial positive effect on our patients is what it's all about - starting with our first real 'test of change' patient, the first one to walk around the ICU while intubated. Since then, we've had many patients out of bed who likely would have remained on bed rest much longer." CSI Academy participants also applaud the opportunities for collaboration, synergy and mutual understanding. "The team experience was invaluable and reflected our strengths," says Erica Edwards, attending nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston, whose project promoted the ABCDE bundle to reduce patient ventilator time. Referring to the seven Boston-area teams, she adds, "We worked well together and learned about the unique patient populations in the different ICUs and the knowledgeable nurses who care for them." Norine O'Malley-Simmler, staff nurse at MGH, says, "Our efforts resulted in collaboration and relationship-building among critical care nurses from Boston institutions." Learn more about these change initiatives in the CSI Academy Innovation Database, at Next month these leaders will discuss how their initiatives influence practice beyond their units. 6 Clinical Practice Specialist The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses seeks a full-time Clinical Practice Specialist to lead development, review and validation of acute and critical care nursing content for AACN's e-learning products and services. S/he ensures effective delivery systems and provides leadership for content integrity and quality. The specialist will be based at the AACN national office in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Applications to telecommute will be considered. A bachelor's degree in nursing is required with a master's degree preferred. Please visit for qualifications and more information.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - May 2014

Another Angle
Pres Note Teaser: What Were We Thinking
Come for the Day. Learn for a Lifetime.
How AACN CSI Academy Changed My Practice
Healthcare Professionals Smoke Less Than General Population
Sleep-Deprived Nurses May Regret Clinical Decisions
Detecting Abuse When Kids Have Fractures
Effective Screening and Counseling for Alcohol Use
Most People Who Need Palliative Care Don’t Receive It
Interruptions Are Dangerous
AACN Community Steps Forward on Early Mobility
Satisfied and Engaged Staff Improve Patient Satisfaction
Involve Nurses When Developing Healthcare Technology
Nurses Concerned About Nursing’s Future
How Does This Year’s Flu Compare to Previous Trends?
Fewer Hospital Opportunities for Nursing Graduates
Excessive Crying as a Preemie, Behavioral Problems Later
Hand Amputees Can Feel Objects With New Prostheses
In Our Journals
Certification Capsules
New Editions of ‘AACN Essentials’ Textbooks
New at NTI 2014: Editorial Consults
Call for Nominations: AACN Board, Nominating Committee
Experience a Wasatch Mountain High This Summer at REACH
Thrive at NTI: 10 Tips for the Best Experience
President’s Note

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