AACN News—June 2007—Practice

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Vol. 24, No. 6, JUNE 2007

Practice Alerts Update: We Need Your Help

The Research Work Group (RWG) is coordinating information updates for Practice Alerts (PA) originally published in 2004 and needs volunteers to provide feedback on the revised content. In addition to updating content and ensuring consistency in format, a tool kit will be added to each PA to enhance implementation of the change into nursing practice. The RWG will also include other additions that will increase the value of PAs as a tool to integrate evidence-based research into the clinical setting. For example, content specifically relevant to pediatric and geriatric patients—an addition requested by our members—will be included in each updated PA.

The first PA to be updated and enhanced is Ventilator Associated Pneumonia. This document, which is currently being revised by the original author, Marianne Chulay, will then be evaluated by external reviewers who are experts in this area of practice.

Here’s how you can help...
If your unit has not incorporated the VAP PA into routine practice on your unit, please use the newly enhanced PA and tool kit to implement the change, and then provide feedback to us using AACN’s evaluation tool included with each revised PA. The feedback will address such questions as:
1. Were the PA and tool kit easy to use?
2. What information was most helpful?
3. What information was least helpful?
4. What else did you need to be successful in implementing the PA that was not provided?
5. What were your results in implementing the change (for example, how was the change accepted, did staff feel they received adequate education to implement the change, was there good follow-up after the change to ensure it was understood and being followed, and did you see a difference in quality of patient care based on the audit tools)?

If your unit has implemented the VAP PA, please compare the original PA and tool kit to the enhanced PA and tool kit and provide feedback. An evaluation tool will be provided for your use. The feedback will address such questions as:
1. How would you compare the new PA and tools to the previous version?
2. What additions were most helpful?
3. What additions were least helpful?
4. What else is needed to implement the PA successfully?
If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Joyce Hall at joyce.hall@aacn.org.

What's New at AACN's PDA Center

AACN is now offering two new additions to its PDA Medicopeia suite of clinical resources, AACN Practice Alerts and HealthDay Daily Clinical News Feed. Medicopeia customers will now receive all of the following:

AACN Practice Alerts
Previously available only on AACN's website, Medicopeia subscribers will now receive all AACN current Practice Alerts, simply by hotsynching their devices. And, whenever a new Practice Alert is posted, subscribers will automatically receive it. The alerts are succinct, dynamic directives from AACN that are supported by authoritative evidence to ensure excellence in practice and a safe and humane work environment.

The topics will address both nursing and multidisciplinary activities of importance to acutely and critically ill patients or their environments. As the undisputed voice of critical care, AACN will issue practice alerts to:
• Close research/practice gap
• Provide guidance
• Standardize practice
• Identify/inform about new advances/trends

HealthDay Daily Clinical News Feed
AACN Medicopeia users will now have the opportunity to receive a daily news feed specifically targeted for AACN members. What's new about this newsfeed? AACN has identified key areas of interest to acute and critical care nurses and will deliver the most current and relevant content from the following sources:
• Journals:Concise summaries from more than 200 peer-reviewed medical journals
• Institutional: Updates and alerts from NIH, FDA, CDC and other government agencies
• Conference News: Summaries of nursing conference sessions pertinent to acute and critical care nursing.
HealthDay daily newsfeeds will replace the current Reuters newsfeed.

In addition to the new features above, subscribers receive:
Epocrates RxPro
ER ICU Toolbox
Pocket ICU Management Clinical
Cardiac Medications E-reference
Critical Care Assessment E-reference
Hemodynamic Management E- reference
Adobe Acrobat Reader for Palm OS
AACN Critical Care Newsline Weekly
Subscribe now by visiting www.aacn.org/pdaspecials.

Evidence-Based Practice: July 1 Is the Deadline to Apply for AACN Nursing Research Grants

Clinical Inquiry Grant
This grant funds an award of up to $500 to qualified individuals carrying out clinical research projects that directly benefit patients and/or families. Interdisciplinary projects are especially invited. Ten awards are available each year.

End-of-Life/Palliative Care
Small Projects Grant
This grant funds an award of up to $500 to qualified individuals carrying out a project focusing on end-of-life and/or palliative care outcomes in critical care. Examples of topics are bereavement, communication issues, caregiver needs, symptom management, advance directives and life support withdrawal. Two awards are available each year.

Medtronic Physio-Control-AACN
Small Projects Grant
Co-sponsored by Medtronic Physio-Control, this grant funds an award for up to $1,500 to a qualified individual carrying out a project focusing on aspects of acute myocardial infarction, resuscitation or sudden cardiac death, such as the use of defibrillation, synchronized cardioversion, noninvasive pacing or interpretive 12-lead electrocardiogram. Examples of eligible projects are patient education programs, staff development programs, competency-based educational programs, CQI projects, outcomes evaluation projects or small clinical research studies. One award is available each year.
To learn more about AACN’s research priorities and grant opportunities, visit the Research area of the AACN Web site or e-mail research@aacn.org.
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