Measuring the Acuity of Pediatric Critical Care Nursing using the Complexity Assessment and Monitoring to Ensure Optimal Outcomes (CAMEO) – A Multi-site Experience

The aim of this multisite prospective cohort study is to utilize the internally validated CAMEO© acuity tool to describe the cognitive workload complexity of pediatric critical care nursing across eight children’s hospitals. The CAMEO defines acuity in terms of nursing cognitive workload complexity, the intellectual processing of information about patients that drives critical thinking, decision-making and the resulting level of surveillance necessary to meet patient needs. For more information about the CAMEO tool, please review our CAMEO publication. This study will seek to enroll 800 (100 patients per site) pediatric patients admitted to intensive care units across participating sites to externally validate the tool.

Cardiovascular Operating Room (CVOR) Health of the Work Environment (HWE) Benchmarking

The aims of this improvement science project were to (1) assess the health of the work environment in CVORs across free-standing children’s hospitals in the U.S. by engaging CVOR leadership to disseminate the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) HWE survey, and (2) use the results to establish targets for benchmarking. For detailed results, please review the C4-MNP CVOR HWE Assessment Aggregate Report.