AACN News—June 2009—Practice

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Vol. 26, No. 6, JUNE 2009


Congratulations to Recipients of 2008-2009 AACN Grants


2008 AACN Clinical Inquiry Grant

Kathleen Keane, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Portland, ME
"Validity and Reliability of the Critical Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT): A Pilot [Replication] Study"

Sandra Knapp, RN, CCRN
Middleburg, FL
"The Effects of an Evidence-based Intervention on Stress and Coping of Families of Critically Ill Trauma Patients"

Cynthia Gerdik, RN,ADN,MBA,CPHQ,CEN
Green Cove Springs, FL
"Shands Jacksonville Patient & Family Activated Rapid Response Team"

2008 AACN Clinical Practice Grant

Karen M. Gutierrez, RN, MS, PhDc
Excelsior, MN
"Communicating Prognostic Information in the ICU at End of Life: Practices Among and Between Nurses, Physicians, and Family Members"

2008 AACN End-of-Life Palliative Care Grant

Danielle Gregory, RN, BSN, CCRN
High Springs, FL
"Butterfly Bereavement Packet"

Mercy Abraham, BN
Pasadena, TX
"Implementation of Synergistic Palliative Care"

2008 AACN Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Grant

Pam Zinnecker, RN, BAN, MN Ed, CCRN
Billings, MT
"Standardized Patient Repositioning"

2008 AACN Physio-Control Small Projects Grant

Patricia Romero, RN, BSN, CCRN
Orange Park, FL
"Utilization of One Call System to Improve Outcomes for STEMI Patients"

2008 AACN-Philips Medical Systems Clinical Outcomes Grant



Brigitte S. Cypress, RN, MSN, EdD, CCRN
Bronx, NY
"The Meaning of Intensive Care Unit Experience as Perceived by Nurses, Patients, and Family Members"

Kathryn Renee Twibell, DNS, RN, CE
Muncie, IN
"Exploring Cognitions Related to Falls in Acutely Ill Hospitalized Adults"

Muna Hammash, MSN, RN
Lexington, KY
"Cardiac Rhythm during Mechanical Ventilation and Weaning from Ventilation"

2008 AACN-Sigma Theta Tau Critical Care Grant



Mary E. Lough, RN, MS, CNS, CCRN, CNRN
San Carlos, CA
"Epignetic Contributions to Delirium in Mechanically Ventilated ICU Patients"

2009 AACN Clinical Inquiry Grant

Cinderella J. Menhart, RN, CCRN
Macedonia, OH
"The Effect of Potassium Chloride in Maintenance Intravenous Fluid in Preventing Episodes of Hypokalemia that Require Replacement in Critically Ill Patients"

2009 AACN Critical Care Grant

Jennifer Hobbs, RN, PhD
San Diego, CA
"An Ethnographic Examination of Clinical Information System Use during a Rapid Response Call"

2009 AACN Mentorship Grant

Jill Guttormson, RN, MS
Woodbury, MN
"Patients' Recall and Evaluation of Mechanical Ventilation: Impact of Sedation"

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GE Healthcare and AACN Present "NTI e-Sampler"




AACN and GE Healthcare have joined together again this year to present the NTI e-Sampler—a smorgasbord of sessions videotaped during NTI 2009 in New Orleans May 16-21. The e-Sampler gives viewers just a taste of what it's like to attend the annual premier conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients.

Like AACN, GE Healthcare supports nursing as well as lifelong learning. The e-Sampler gives nurses a chance to update their skills and learn more about the issues-and successes-in today's changing healthcare environment. For this year’s sessions, visit www.aacn.org/nti.

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