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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 leader-
ship 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.

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How AACN CSI Academy Changed My Practice


ow can bedside nurses positively impact patient and
fiscal outcomes? Six nurses can tell you.

They recently completed unit-based change initia-

tives 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.

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