The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) launched the Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy last year as a team-oriented and hands-on educational experience that placed nurses as clinician leaders. The nurses led initiatives and generated quantifiable improvements in the quality of patient care and hospital finances. Nurse-led initiatives studied in the program helped to:
- Improve patient satisfaction by as much as 20 percent;
- Reduce stays in the pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) by 0.5 days;
- Cut incidences of patient falls and hospital-acquired device-related nose and mouth pressure ulcers by more than 50 percent;
- Decrease overall pressure ulcers by more than 60 percent; and
- Drop mechanical ventilation days for ICU patients by 0.44 days.
Media coverage of the AACN findings included Infection Control Today, Nurse.com and Advanced Healthcare Network for Nurses.
INQRI-funded research has focused on nurse-led initiatives in many of these areas, including patient falls, central line-associated bloodstream infections and pressure ulcers.