The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is partnering with Banner Health to bring its nursing excellence and leadership skill-building program to 11 Banner-affiliated hospitals in the Greater Phoenix area, according to a news release.
The partnership marks the first time AACN has selected an individual health system to participate in its hospital-based AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy. The academy is designed to empower bedside nurses as clinician leaders and change agents whose initiatives measurably improve the quality of patient care with bottom-line impact to the hospital.
“Our partnership with Banner Health marks the beginning of a new phase of learning about how AACN CSI Academy can achieve its full potential,” AACN CEO Dana Woods said in the release. “This collaboration provides an opportunity to understand the factors that facilitate and inhibit the impact and sustainability of quality improvements in a health system versus a single unit or hospital.
The Phoenix-area Banner Health hospitals participating in the team-based program are as follows
- Banner Baywood Medical Center, Mesa
- Banner Boswell Medical Center, Sun City
- Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, Sun City West
- Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa
- Banner Estrella Medical Center, Phoenix
- Banner Gateway Medical Center / Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Gilbert
- Banner Goldfield Medical Center, Apache Junction
- Banner Heart Hospital, Mesa
- Banner Ironwood Medical Center, San Tan Valley
- Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Glendale
- Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix
Nurse leadership commitment
Banner Health leaders said they share AACN’s commitment to investing in bedside nurses’ leadership development.
“We see this as an exciting opportunity for our nurses to receive additional knowledge and tools to improve the quality and cost of care,” Deborah Martin, DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, senior director of professional practice at Banner Health, said in the release.
“The CSI program will teach nurses how to make the business case for specific approaches to improving patients’ experiences with care, improving clinical outcomes and reducing costs, the triple aim that is guiding reforms in healthcare today,” said Martin.
For the next 16 months, teams of up to four nurses from each hospital will work with CSI faculty and internal mentors 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.
The Academy teams at Banner Health’s Phoenix-area hospitals follow regional cohorts that participated in the CSI program in Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.
Nationwide, more than 200 nurses at 60 hospitals have completed or are now participating in the program.