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The Clinical Scene Investigator Academy: The Power of Staff Nurses Improving Patient and Organizational Outcomes

Lacey, Susan R. PhD, RN, FAAN; Olney, Adrienne MS; Cox, Karen S. PhD, RN, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318221283a

Nurses are in a key position to have an impact on the national quality agenda. However, many lack the quality and safety methods to lead this work. The Clinical Scene Investigator Academy provided 23 nurses from 7 regional hospitals with the knowledge and support necessary to implement nurse-led quality improvement projects. Not only did each Clinical Scene Investigator project improve patient and/or staff outcomes but 3 such projects also had a significant economic impact.

Bi-State Nursing Workforce Innovation Center (Drs Lacey and Cox and Ms Olney) and Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (Drs Lacey and Cox and Ms Olney), Kansas City, Missouri.

Correspondence: Susan R. Lacey, Nursing Workforce and Systems Analysis, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64108 (

The project was funded by a Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN) grant from the Northwest Health Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It was Also funded by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the REACH Healthcare Foundation, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing (in-kind support), and the Associated Purchasing Services Staffing Program.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted for publication: May 2, 2011

Published online before print: May 25, 2011.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.