AACN News—April 2008—Practice

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Vol. 25, No. 4, APRIL 2008

Practice Resource Network

Q I am developing an inservice on medication safety for nursing staff. Would you recommend some resources that might be beneficial??

A There are many resources available on Safe Medication Practices. Here are just a few:

1. Institute for Safe Medication Practices
The institute is a nonprofit organization educating the healthcare community and consumers about safe medication practices. Visit their Web site at www.ismp.org
Read Double-Check Medications to Prevent Errors at www.ismp-canada.org/download/cjhp0306.pdf

2. ECRI Institute
A nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs and processes are best, to enable healthcare organizations to improve patient care. It is one of only a handful of organizations designated as both a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization and an Evidence-Based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Visit www.ecri.org
These products may be of assistance:
A Safer ICU: New Guide Can Help Healthcare Facilities Take Action to Protect Patients www.ecri.org/Press/Pages/Critical_Care_Safety_Guide_PR.aspx
Infusion Pump Workshop Will Guide Hospitals in Acquiring Smarter Pumps

3. The Joint Commission; www.jointcommission.org
Best Practice Recommendations to Reduce Medication Errors is available at www.jcipatientsafety.org/22818/

4. Institute for Healthcare Improvement; www.ihi.org

5. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; www.ahrq.gov

6. You could post your question on the NIHMBL (Nurses in Health Management
and Business Leadership) listserv. It is a Yahoo! group moderated by AACN for nurse managers, educators, etc. to ask questions and get feedback from the community of practice on exactly this type of issue. Request to join at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/NIHMBL.

7. You could also post your question on the CNS Listserv.
It is hosted by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and is a very active group, willing to weigh in on just about any issue. Join by sending an e-mail from the address where you wish to read your postings to: cns-listserv-on@mail-list.com.

8. South Carolina Hospital Association Medication Safety Toolkit

9. Strategies to Reduce Medication Errors

10. An article on safety: Follow the Rules to Safer Care Delivery by Karen Toby Haghenbeck, Critical Care Nurse, Oct 2003; 23: 69 - 71.

AACN Supports Priorities for Nursing Workforce Development Program

AACN has joined 31 other nursing organizations in recommending a list of priorities for inclusion during the reauthorization of Nursing Workforce Development programs authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act. Citing the nursing shortage as a critical component of healthcare reform, the Nursing Community Consensus Document emphasizes that the inability to meet the high demand for registered nurses is an alarming factor contributing to the nation’s weakened healthcare infrastructure. This shortage is expected to intensify as the baby boomer population retires and the need for healthcare expands, further jeopardizing access to quality care, the document states. Yet, nurses play an increasingly pivotal role in developing and utilizing healthcare technology, quality indicators, healthcare outcomes and preventative care.

“Nurses are involved in every aspect of healthcare, and if the nursing workforce is not strengthened, the healthcare system will continue to suffer. Therefore, reform must include solutions to the nursing shortage that consider all aspects of the crisis: education, practice, retention and recruitment,” the document noted.

As Congress searches for programs to address the nursing shortage and in turn reform the healthcare system, Title VIII programs have been and continue to be a proven solution, the document noted. In the past, Nursing Workforce Development programs have expanded nursing school programs, increased the number of nurse
faculty and helped to ensure nurses were practicing in areas with a critical shortage.

“At a time when our nation is experiencing a nursing shortage of epic proportions, the current funding levels for Title VIII programs do not address the demand for professional nurses,” the document indicated, adding that the current funding level of $156.05 million is about the same as the $160.61 million appropriated for Title VIII programs in 1973. If adjusted for inflation, that level would be $742.81 million.
All the recommendations contained in the Consensus Document are contingent upon increased funding.

The guiding principles contained in the document include:
• Increase Support for Nurse Faculty Education
• Strengthen Specific Resources for Education of Advanced Practice Nurses and Advanced Education Nursing
• Increased Efforts to Develop and Retain a Diverse and Professional Nursing Workforce for the Transforming Health Care Delivery System
• Increased Efforts by HRSA and the Division of Nursing to Release Timely and More Comprehensive Data on the Nursing Workforce
To read the full Nursing Community Consensus Document, visit www.aacn.org > Public Policy > Position Statements.e

July 1 Is the Deadline to Apply for AACN Nursing Research Grants

Clinical Inquiry Grant
This grant funds an award up to $500 to qualified individuals carrying out clinical research projects that directly benefit acutely and critically ill patients and/or families. The principal investigator must be currently employed in a clinical setting and directly involved in patient care. Interdisciplinary projects are especially invited. Ten awards are available each year; with five awards available for this submission cycle.

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

AACN Physio-Control Small Projects Grant

Co-sponsored by Physio-Control, this grant funds an award up to $1,500 to a qualified individual carrying out a project focusing on aspects of acute myocardial infarction, resuscitation or sudden cardiac death. 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 during this submission cycle.

To find out more about AACN’s research priorities and grant opportunities, visit the Research area of the AACN Web site or e-mail research@aacn.org.

NTI 2009 Call for Abstracts

Planning to submit an abstract for NTI 2009 in New Orleans? The call for abstracts is now open. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2008. For more information, visit www.aacn.org > Education > NTI Education and Speaker Information > NTI 2009 Call for Abstracts Submission Page.

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