Care Innovation & Transformation
AONE’s CIT initiative improves patient care, hospital performance and employee satisfaction through the engagement of frontline staff, collaboration, innovation and leadership development. This initiative teaches nursing and interdisciplinary teams how to innovate and measure change, strengthening the organization from the bottom-up.
CIT participants meet face-to-face four times over a period of two years. However, the participants interact regularly through monthly conference calls, webinars, the CIT listserv, and other communication tools. Each CIT cohort is a collection of hospital teams from across the nation that move together as a learning community through the two-year program.
AONE has worked more than 200 hospitals across the country in its efforts to redesign care delivery. In 2007, AONE began a frontline staff-driven, process improvement program for medical/surgical units, known as Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB). Expanding upon the success of TCAB, AONE launched the Care Innovation and Transformation initiative in 2010. CIT's foundation is grounded in the basic tenets of TCAB, but further supports the nurse leader in driving innovation, culture change, and health care reform implementation.
The Care Innovation and Transformation initiative is closely aligned with AONE’s strategic goals as well as the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence program. CIT will serve as a resource for nurse leaders seeking to transform not only the way care is delivered, but also the culture in which they find themselves working, so that innovation and transformation become a daily pattern. This newly expanded initiative could come at no better time. Health care leaders everywhere are planning for the implementation of health care reform. What better way to organize the future of health care than by participating in an initiative that captures the essence of innovation and transformation? CIT will enable hospitals to take the necessary steps now to prepare for the future.
Read personal reflections from nurse leaders who have participated in the program in the September 2013 Voice of Nursing Leadership, the September 2012 Voice of Nursing Leadership and the February 2013 issue of the American Journal of Nursing.
For hospitals hoping to participate in the next cohort of Care Innovation and Transformation (CIT), the 2015-2016 application will be accepted until November 3, 2014. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact Amanda Stefancyk Oberlies at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 422-2813.