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August 21, 2014


ACTION - Apply for AACN grants starting Sept. 2

EVIDENCE - Treatment for Clostridium difficile

NEWS - Surviving Sepsis Campaign launches Facebook page

AACN NEWS - Bridges named 2015 Distinguished Research Lecturer




The important thing is that when you come to understand something, you act on it, no matter how small that act is. Eventually it will take you where you need to go.
—Sister Helen Prejean



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Apply for an AACN grant starting Sept. 2

AACN invites clinicians and researchers to apply for nearly $200,000 in grants, which can range from $10,000 to $50,000 each. They fund priority projects that address gaps in clinical research and support the translation of these findings for bedside nurses. This year’s recipients include Norma Metheny, Saint Louis University School of Nursing, St. Louis, who will study feeding-tube placement in infants, and Ruth Kleinpell, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, who will lead a multisite study of ACNP care outcomes. Applications open Tuesday, Sept. 2 for the next funding cycle and must be submitted online by Friday, Oct. 31.


AACN Nurse Manager Priorities: early-bird savings through Sept. 8

Thrive as a nurse leader, and face the changes and challenges in today’s healthcare environment, equipped with expert knowledge and confidence. Hone your leadership skills, or focus on new skills by attending the fourth annual AACN Nurse Manager Priorities conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Earn up to 22 CNE contact hours.


AACN Progressive Care Pathways: early-bird savings through Sept. 8

AACN Progressive Care Pathways addresses progressive care nurses’ unique educational and professional development goals to enhance assessment and critical thinking skills, and decision-making confidence. The fourth annual conference, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, at the Opryland Gaylord Resort & Conference Center in Nashville, includes sessions on innovative evidence-based strategies and opportunities to engage with peers and progressive care experts. Earn up to 22 CNE contact hours.



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CNE article in CCN addresses treatment for Clostridium difficile

Clostridium difficile Infection: Clinical Challenges and Management Strategies,” a CNE article in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), discusses current treatment approaches for Clostridium difficile infection in critically ill patients.


Article in CCN discusses evidence-based management of coagulopathy

Trauma-Induced Coagulopathy,” in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), focuses on seriously injured trauma patients and the coagulopathies they experience in the acute phase of injury.


Some medications raise risk of falls in older people

Half of the top 20 most commonly prescribed medications significantly increase the risk of falls in patients 65 years or older, according to “The Risk of Fall Injury in Relation to Commonly Prescribed Medications Among Older People—A Swedish Case-Control Study,” published online July 31 in European Journal of Public Health.


Predictors of new-onset disabilities after ICU

Early Prediction of New-Onset Physical Disability After Intensive Care Unit Stay: A Preliminary Instrument” identifies low educational level, impaired core stability, fractures and a longer ICU stay as predictive factors. The instrument “needs external validation prior to wider clinical use,” notes the study, posted July 31 in Critical Care.


Windows in work area have positive effect

The Impact of Windows and Daylight on Acute-Care Nurses’ Physiological, Psychological, and Behavioral Health,” published July 27 in HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, finds that positive effects include more communication and laughter, and decreased sleepiness and blood pressure.



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Surviving Sepsis Campaign announces Facebook page

On Aug. 5, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC), a joint collaboration of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, launched its own Facebook page. The page will feature regular updates on the campaign, provide pertinent information on the 2012 SSC guidelines and serve as a forum for discussion.



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Parenteral nutrition guidelines

Visit the website of the National Guideline Clearinghouse, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland, for a summary of “A.S.P.E.N. Clinical Guidelines: Parenteral Nutrition Ordering, Order Review, Compounding, Labeling, and Dispensing” published in March’s JPEN: Journal of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition.


Discount for PCCN certification review on-demand until Oct. 31

AACN offers nurses who seek PCCN certification a comprehensive review course to help them prepare for the exam. Through October, the on-demand version of the PCCN course is offered at a 50 percent discount when purchased with the exam application. Based on a live webinar presented by Carol Rauen, the course features interactive learning and 13 hours of CNE. Discounted on-demand prices for members/nonmembers are $79.50/$99.50 through October. Without the exam, on-demand prices are $159/$199. The CD-ROM costs $179/$199.


AACN online bookstore offers free shipping for members

Enjoy a benefit of AACN membership throughout 2014: free shipping on AACN online bookstore purchases of more than $50, before taxes. (Registration fees for conferences, other educational offerings and certification exams do not count toward total cost of shipped products.) No promo code is needed for this member appreciation discount, which is applied automatically at checkout. If you aren’t a member yet, learn about the many additional benefits.



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Bridges honored as Distinguished Research Lecturer

Elizabeth J. Bridges is the 2015 AACN Distinguished Research Lecturer. With more than 30 years as a critical care nurse, she is best known for her research and teaching related to the integration of hemodynamic data into clinical practice and the care of critically ill and injured patients. Participate in selecting the 2016 Distinguished Research Lecturer by nominating a nationally recognized nurse researcher. Honorees, who are AACN members, represent a legacy of contributions to acute and critical care nursing research. Submit nominations by Dec. 1.


Attend Nurse in Washington Internship with AACN scholarship

AACN continuing professional development scholarships support members to enrich their career and acquire knowledge and skills beyond traditional academic learning. For the sixth year, these scholarships will help nurses attend the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI), sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA). Held annually in Washington each spring, NIWI teaches nurses how to advance healthcare agendas through the legislative process and influence policy at local and national levels. Check the NOA website for announcements on the 2015 program. AACN members should apply for a scholarship by Oct. 15, 2014. Email with your questions.


Submit nominations for chapter awards

Nominate your choices for the 2015 AACN Chapter Awards, which recognize exemplary efforts to make a difference in the healthcare profession and local communities. The awards recognize contributions and achievements that exemplify AACN’s mission, vision, values and ethic of care. Award categories:


Excellence in Chapter Collaboration


Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development


Excellence in Chapter Community Education & Public Service


Excellence in Chapter Educational Programming


Excellence in Promoting the Value of Certification


AACN President’s Award for Chapters

Nominations for the President’s Award for Chapters close Feb. 15, 2015. All other nominations close Nov. 1, 2014.


Focus the Flame

President's Note from August's AACN Bold Voices
“The Element Lights Our Way”— Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015



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AACN Sepsis Management Pocket Reference Card

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The AACN Sepsis Management Pocket Reference Card addresses criteria for differentiating sepsis vs. severe sepsis; goal-directed sepsis resuscitation; sepsis management; measures to support critically ill patients with sepsis; and practice alerts for managing patients with sepsis.

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Show everyone that you are CCRN certified with this blue CCRN badge holder, featuring silver plating with tie-tack backing for easy display on fabric clothing, bags or bulletin boards.

Member Price: $3 (Non-Member: $3.50)





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Brightly colored, laminated tote featuring the AACN Community logo. Great for shopping!

Member Price: $3 (Non-Member: $3.50)





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