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Vol. 23, No. 12, DECEMBER 2006

In the Circle

3M Health Care Excellence in Clinical Practice Award

Editor’s note: Part of AACN’s Circle of Excellence Awards program, the 3M Health Care Excellence in Clinical Practice Award recognizes acute and critical care nurses who embody, exemplify and excel at the clinical skills and principles that are required in their practice. Following are excerpts from the exemplars submitted in connection with this award for 2006.

Dianne W. Bronkie, RN, CCRN, CNRN
East Berlin, Conn.
Hartford Hospital
Ginger S. Pierson, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN
Irvine, Calif.
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Claire Y. Piette, RN, BS, CCRN
Woonsocket, R.I.
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Valerie J. Russell, RN, CCRN
Mission Viejo, CA
Mission Hospital
Tara Rachel Simon, RN, BSN, CCRN
Greenwood, Ind.
St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers

Public Policy Update

For more information about these and other issues, visit the AACN Web site at www.aacn.org.
CDC Helps Healthcare Providers
Promote Flu Shots
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued posters, flyers and other educational materials healthcare providers can use to promote flu vaccination during the 2006-07 flu season. These materials reflect the CDC’s vaccination recommendations and highlight the benefits of influenza vaccination. The materials are available on the CDC’s Flu Gallery Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/flugallery/index.htm.

CMS Gives Hallway Hand-Sanitizer Dispensers Final OK
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a final ruling that will permit hospitals and other healthcare facilities to place alcohol-based hand-rub
dispensers in exit hallways as long as certain safety
precautions are met. The Federal Register notice is available online at: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422 /01jan20061800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/pdf

Partnership Promotes Organ Donation
The Department of Health and Human Services has begun an initiative to register up to 400,000 new organ donors throughout the U.S. within a 12-week period ending Feb. 12, 2007. The “Give Five-Save Lives” campaign is an opportunity to engage offices and employees in a nationwide campaign to enroll new organ donors. Materials, including timelines, guides for donation organizations and Workplace Partners, and customizable creative materials such as Web banners and PowerPoint templates, are available online at http://www.akoyaonline.com/wpfl/.


Applications are due Jan. 1 for the following grants:

Clinical Inquiry Grant—Annually funds 10 awards of up to $500 each for projects that directly benefit patients and their families.

End-of-Life/Palliative Care Grant—Annually funds two awards of up to $500 each for projects that may include bereavement, communication issues, caregiver needs, symptom management, advance directives or life-support withdrawal.

Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Grant—Annually funds six awards of up to $1,000 each for projects that can include research utilization, quality improvement or outcome evaluation.

AACN Mentorship Grant—Funds one $10,000 award for a project providing research support to a novice researcher.

AACN Critical Care Grant—Annually funds one $15,000 award for projects focused on one or more of AACN’s research priorities.
To find out about AACN’s research priorities and grant opportunities, visit www.aacn.org. Research > Grants or e-mail research@aacn.org.

API Promotes Advanced Practice

Attend the Advanced Practice Institute during AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, May 19 through 24, 2007, in Atlanta, Ga.
Visit www.aacn.org/NTI for more information and regular updates. Registration opens in January.

Check Out the PDA Center

New Audiovisual CE Programs for Your PDA
Now you can view cutting-edge clinical topics from AACN’s most recent National Teaching Institute and earn CE credit on the go. Select from the following topics: The Endothelium and Severe Sepsis; Sedation in the ICU; Acute Brain Failure: Delirium in the ICU; Vasoactive Drips: Titration or Frustration; and Continuous ST Segment Monitoring. More topics will be added soon. With each topic purchased, you'll receive the entire video broadcast of AACN President Mary Fran Tracy's address at NTI 2006, and a free media player for your PDA (media player for Palm OS devices; Pocket PC devices will use the built-in Windows Media Player).
For more details and a video demonstrating how the programs run on a PDA, visit www.aacn.org/PDASpecials.

New PDA Application (Palm OS) Now Available: The Burns Wean Assessment Program (BWAP)
The BWAP, authored by Suzanne Burns, RN, RNP, RT, MS, MSN, CCRN, ACNP, FCCM, FAAN, is a program designed to track the progress of the weaning patient, teach important concepts related to weaning, and provide a user-friendly means of collecting, monitoring and managing essential bedside data for quality assurance purposes.
To watch a video demo of this program, visit www.aacn.org/PDASpecials.
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