Exercise, diet, and memory, bringing value through mentoring, changing the police/mentally ill paradigm, and we’ll have two special interview segments on how the American Association of Critical Care Nurses is investing in the future of nurse leadership. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it. It’s the Nursing Show.

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Welcome to the Show

Good day and welcome to this week’s episode of the Nursing Show podcast for nurses, by nurses. I’m your host Jamie Davis and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for checking out the show this week. First up, in this week’s nursing news items, first up in this week’s news items I’ll look at how brain games don’t have the impact on memory retention late in life that regular exercise and good diets do.

Then in this week’s special double interview segment, I have two looks at how the AACN is investing in the future of nursing leadership and research. First we look at the updates from their Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) leadership development program. Then we jump to their report on research into the value that clinical nurse specialists bring to healthcare facilities and the healthcare bottom line. We’ll have that and more later in this episode after the news.

If you want to get back in touch with me, please drop me an email. You can send those e-mails in to NursingShow@Gmail.com. I love to hear from you and I make sure I respond back to every email that comes in. Send me links to news items you’d like me to cover, interview suggestions with you or somebody you know.


News Links –

Memory Retention Related to Exercise and Diet

Value of Nurse Mentoring in Leadership

Educating Police to Treat Not Arrest Mentally Ill


Tip of the Week – Clinical Scene Investigator Program Builds Nurse Leaders

building critical care nurse leadersDevin Bowers, RN, MSN, NE-BC, is the AACN CSI Academy Program Manager. In this critical care nurse leaders and research development program 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. The results stem from the 163 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 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). I interview Devin about the program and how far it’s come.

Mary-Fran-ScreenshotIn the second interview segment on the AACN’s research and investment into nurse leadership programs is a chat I had with Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, FAAN. She is editor of Advanced Critical Care, AACN’s quarterly, peer-reviewed publication. In its January-March 2015 issue, Advanced Critical Care featured a symposium collection of four articles with specific examples of how CNSs contribute to the delivery of optimal care to patients and the fiscal operations of healthcare institutions. Mary Fran and I talk about how clinical nurse specialists impact patient care outcomes and the hospital’s bottom line.


AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses)

AACN CSI Program Link


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