The Nurse-Sensitive Indicator (NSI) Special Interest Group disseminates foundational measures that highlight evidence of ambulatory care nursing interventions. The NSI SIG widely communicates knowledge and promotes engagement toward developing practice standards and strategies designed to capture outcomes of nursing care.

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NIS SIGNurse-Sensitive Indicators (NSIs) assess, evaluate, and articulate the value of ambulatory care nursing. NSIs are considered critical to the mission and vision of AAACN and essential to role acceptance and utilization for leaders, policy makers, and nursing advocates at governmental, organizational, and practice levels.

As patients and families in ambulatory care settings often need care coordination, transition management, health promotion, and access to community resources, the role of the RN as a leader in this setting is increasingly vital.

The NSI SIG serves to provide information and resources to AAACN members, facilitate conversations, and keep this important topic at the forefront.


AAACN’s NSI Task Force published the Ambulatory Care Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Industry Report in 2016, and the NSI Team continued AAACN’s NSI work thereafter. However, due to a growing and ongoing interest in NSIs and a desire for open conversation on the topic, the NSI Team was converted to the NSI SIG to enable closer interaction with the membership.


Deb Cantlin, MSN, RN, CHFN
Annette Hamlin, MSN Ed, AMB-BC

Cindy Garrett, BSN, MBA, RN, AMB-BC

Board Liaison
Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAAN

Advisory Committee Members
Elizabeth Anderson, MSN, RN-BC
Deb Cantlin, MSN, RN, CHFN
Amy Fulwood, MSN, AMB-BC, VHA-CM
Cindy Garrett, MBA, BSN, RN, AMB-BC
Annette Hamlin, MSN, Ed, AMB-BC
Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Sara Kollman, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Brenda Luther, PhD, RN
Marcia Potter, RN. AND, BS, MA
Sue Weiss, RN, MM, MHHSA

Deb Cantlin
Deb Cantlin, MSN, RN, CHFN

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Learn about the history of ambulatory care NSIs.

CCTM SIGAmbulatory Care Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Industry Report
AAACN’s Ambulatory Care Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Industry Report (2016) proposed initial ambulatory care NSIs and additional publications have reported progress.

The AAACN/CALNOC collaboration validated the role of the RN in ambulatory care settings with the development of the nation's first ambulatory care NSI registry database.
Learn more about the Ambulatory Care Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Industry Report. The NSI Industry Report Revision Task Force is currently updating the next version.