CriticalCare eNewsline — May 26, 2016

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May 26, 2016

 
 
 

ACTION - Survey on communication and serious illness

EVIDENCE - Applying research at the bedside

NEWS - From the FDA

AACN UPDATE - CE/CERP/pharma evaluations due June 10

 

 

 

Determination, energy and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context. ~ Meg Wheatley

 

 

 
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Participate in survey on communication and serious illness

AACN believes that nurses are integral to discussions among patients, families, physicians and other professionals about prognosis and planning during serious illness. The purpose of this 15-minute survey — an initiative of AACN and The Hastings Center, and funded by a grant from the Donaghue Foundation — is to understand how you are involved in these discussions and the barriers to your involvement. The goal is to help AACN develop interventions. Please share this information with your nurse colleagues who care for seriously ill hospitalized adults. Email Liz Dietz with your questions.

 

 

 
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Editorial in May’s American Journal of Critical Care

Editors Cindy Munro and Richard Savel examine ways to apply useful scientific research to bedside practice more quickly.

 
 

From May’s American Journal of Critical Care

Many parents have misconceptions about the cause of their child’s death one month later, indicating that this high-stress period diminishes their concentration, hearing and information-processing abilities.

 
 

Low-dose alteplase reduces mortality rates for acute ischemic stroke

Low-dose alteplase performs on par with standard dosing in reducing 90-day mortality in patients with acute ischemic stroke, according to a study published May 10, and results in “significantly fewer symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhages.”

 
 
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From the FDA

On May 19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a safety alert warning clinicians to not prescribe ketoconazole tablets for patients with skin and nail fungal infections. Risks include serious liver damage, adrenal gland dysfunction and harmful interactions with other medications.

 
 

Global public awareness campaign

Tackling Drug-Resistant Infections Globally: Final Report and Recommendations,” released May 19 by the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, calls for a global public awareness campaign on antimicrobial resistance.

 
 

ICU admissions, mortality from opioid-related overdoses

“ICU admissions related to opioid overdoses are steadily increasing, and opioid overdose-related ICU deaths have nearly doubled since 2009,” according to a study presented May 17 at the American Thoracic Society International Conference.

 

 

 
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Antithrombotic therapy for VTE

January’s CHEST includes “Antithrombotic Therapy for VTE Disease: CHEST Guideline,” from the American College of Chest Physicians.

 
 

Sepsis information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strives to increase sepsis awareness and improve treatment. Its website includes clinical tools and guidelines, initiatives to improve survival, a bibliography of selected chapters from medical textbooks and links to more resources.

 

 

 
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Submit live session abstracts for NTI 2017 by June 1

Abstract submission is open for Live Educational Sessions at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 21-25, 2017, in Houston. Please review Guidelines for NTI/API Live Educational Abstract before drafting and submitting your abstract.

 
 

Participate in AACN Certification Corporation advanced practice surveys
by June 5

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are invited to participate in the 2016 CNS Practice Analysis to update the neonatal, pediatric and adult-gerontology CNS certification exams.

Adult acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) are invited to participate in the 2016 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice Analysis to update the adult-gerontology ACNP certification exam.

The results of these surveys, which are conducted every five years, will also provide important information on how AACN can best support ACNP and CNS practice. Respondents may register to win one NTI 2017 registration or one of four $50 gift cards after completing each survey.

 

CE/CERP/pharma evaluations due June 10

NTI session evaluations appraise the potential impact of each session on your practice. Click on “Get Your CEs” and follow the directions to enter your session and program evaluations and print your certificate. Once session and program evaluations are complete, certificates can also be accessed for four years via AACN’s website under “my account” after you log in. You may enter evaluation information online until 11:59 PM PT, June 10. After this date, you may only print your certificate.

 
 

Scholarships for effective communication and influencer training

AACN members save 20 percent when they register for training sponsored by VitalSmarts. Please email Ashley Mustard to register and receive the discount. Find a scheduled workshop near you, and apply for an AACN scholarship after you read Important Information for Scholarship Applicants. Please email scholarships@aacn.org with your questions about an AACN scholarship for these or other learning events.

 
 

Courageous Care

President's Note from May's AACN Bold Voices
Developing Courage — Karen McQuillan, AACN President 2015-2016

 

 

 
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Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning and Clinical Judgment: A Practical Approach to Outcome-Focused Thinking, 5th Ed.

Author: R. Alfaro-LeFevre
(Book, 336 pages, 2013)
Product Code:128155
ISBN: 9781437727760

Provides the tools you need to become a safe, competent nurse. Using an inspiring, insightful, "how-to" approach, this book helps you develop critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and test-taking skills in preparation for the NCLEX® Examination and, even more importantly, apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning to nursing practice.

Member Price: $52.20 (Non-Member: $54.95)

 

 

 

 
 

2016 Y-Site Compatibility of Critical Care Admixtures Wall Chart

(Poster, 1 pages, 2016)
Product Code:100801

The Critical Care Admixtures Wall Chart reports on the compatibility of IV drugs commonly administered to patients in a critical care setting and includes antibiotics, vitamins, tpn and other drugs. Symbols are used to indicate compatibility of two drugs or a drug in D5W or NS.

Member Price: $19 (Non-Member: $20)

 

 

 

 
 

Cardiac Medical/Cardiac Surgical Certification Review

Author: C. Jacobson
(CD Rom, 2012)
ISBN: 9780978504519
Product#: 100160

A great tool for nurses preparing for the Cardiac Medical Certification (CMC) or the Cardiac Surgical Certification (CSC) exams or any other cardiovascular certification exam. It is also an excellent study tool for acute care, progressive care, and critical care nurses who want to increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence in caring for cardiovascular patients.
 

Member Price: $47.50 (Non-Member: $50)

 

 

 

 
 

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Be a Nurse and an Officer – USAF

Nationwide

As an Air Force Critical Care Nurse, you’ll face many challenges: some you’ve seen before, some you’ll only see in the military. However, regardless of the challenge, you will be a hero to our heroes.
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eICU RN – Emory Healthcare

Atlanta, GA

Emory Healthcare eICU Center is helping redefine critical care medicine, through the integration of science and caring. Seeking BSN-prepared RN with five years’ experience as a critical care nurse.
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Practice Excellence Director – AACN

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The Practice Excellence Director, in collaboration with senior leadership, determines the focus and direction of departmental initiatives to support AACN’s mission. Position provides leadership to and operational oversight, and more.
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Learning Excellence Director – AACN

Aliso Viejo, CA

The Learning Excellence Director, in collaboration with department managers and senior leadership, determines the focus and direction of departmental initiatives to support AACN’s mission.
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