Two North Shore-LIJ Hospitals to Participate in National Nurse Leadership Skill-Building Program

GREAT NECK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced that LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park and North Shore University Hospital  (NSUH) in Manhasset were selected to participate in the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy, a nurse leadership and innovation training program aimed at improving patient care and promoting cost-savings. 

NSUH, LIJ and five other New York hospitals were among 42 hospitals nationwide selected to participate in the preliminary national rollout of the AACN hospital-based nurse leadership skill-building training program. The AACN CSI Academy is a team-oriented, hands-on educational experience designed to empower bedside nurses as clinician leaders and change agents whose initiatives measurably improve the quality of patient care and hospital bottom-line.

“As we transform health care, it is vitally important that we engage the frontline, direct- care staff in taking a leadership role in improving the quality outcomes, the patient experience and bending the cost curve,” said Maureen T. White, RN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.  “The AACN-CSI initiative will foster the collaboration and sharing of best practices that will lead to new innovation in care delivery.”

As the only nursing excellence and leadership skill-building program that provides hospitals with both educational programming and grant funds to support project implementation, AACN CSI Academy represents a substantial investment by AACN in the future of nursing. During the program’s three-year first phase, AACN will invest $1.25 million to fund implementation at partner hospitals across the country. This investment supports program administration and also provides a $10,000 implementation grant to each participating hospital.

The project also reflects AACN’s high-level response to the Institute of Medicine’s landmark “Future of Nursing” report, confirming the vital role nursing can and should play in the transformation of healthcare.

For the next 16 months, teams of up to four nurses from each New York hospital will work with CSI faculty, an internal mentor and a chief nursing officer to identify issues related to existing patient care responsibilities. Teams will then develop and implement unit-based projects, resulting in quantifiable improvements in patient outcomes and decreases in hospital expenses. In most cases, it is anticipated the projects will be implemented in other units at each hospital.

The AACN CSI Academy teams in New York join cohorts already in progress in Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas. Nurse participants in other regions are undertaking projects such as preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers, falls, delirium and unplanned extubation, and improving communication and teamwork.

In addition to benefiting participating hospitals, the program is intended to foster industry-wide nursing innovation through sharing of results and best practices via publications, presentations and online content. With that goal in mind, the initial cohort of nurses from Indianapolis-area hospitals will present their AACN CSI Academy project results to regional health care leaders in November. AACN will then share their presentations, tools and resources with the larger nursing community on its website.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

About North Shore-LIJ Health System
The nation's 14th-largest healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 16 hospitals and nearly 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of more than 46,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest employer on Long Island and the third-largest private employer in New York City.  For more information, go to


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