Nurse-led innovations improve patient outcomes, save more than $28 million annually

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 21, 2015

Critical care nurses at 42 hospitals nationwide developed patient care initiatives that substantially improved clinical outcomes while demonstrating anticipated financial savings of more than $28 million annually, according to a report released by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

These results stem from the nurses’ participation in AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy, a 16-month leadership and innovation training program for staff nurses delivered and funded by the AACN.

The 163 CSI Academy nurses created improvement initiatives focused on clinical challenges as diverse as healthcare-associated infections, pressure ulcers, delirium, early mobility, falls, and patient handoffs.