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February 26, 2015


ACTION - Submit simulation manuscripts by April 1

EVIDENCE - ECMO in pediatric cardiac arrest

NEWS - Measles update from CDC

AACN UPDATE - Prepare for Certified Nurses Day




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Joint Commission webinar

Register for “CLIA Roles and Responsibilities Required for Nonwaived Testing,” an hour-long webinar from The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, scheduled for March 11 at 1 p.m. CT. Cost is $199. An on-demand recording will also be available.


Register for ethics conference

Register for the 3rd National Nursing Ethics Conference, March 19-20, at the Hilton Universal City Walk, Los Angeles. The theme is Conversations in Ethics, and the objective is to “motivate and empower each participant with the knowledge, skills and courage to speak confidently and to be creative and steadfast while tackling ethical challenges.” The conference features expert speakers, small group breakout sessions and participant discussions to enhance nurses’ clinical practice.


NLN request for simulation manuscripts

The National League for Nursing (NLN), Washington, is seeking manuscripts on the use of simulation in nursing education for a special issue of Nursing Education Perspectives in September-October. In addition to research and instrument development manuscripts, NLN is requesting pilot studies on simulation for the Research Briefs section and innovative strategies on simulation for the Innovation Center in this special issue. Access details and author guidelines. The submission deadline is April 1.


Participate in study on staff perception of ICU design

Faria Islam, a PhD candidate at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, invites nurses working in adult ICUs to participate in the survey “Staff Perception of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Design Features.” The survey takes about 45 minutes, and those who successfully complete it will receive a $15 Amazon gift card. Please email Islam with your questions, or call her at 773-750-2161.



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CE of the Month: Article in CCN reviews use of ECMO in pediatric cardiac arrest

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Pediatric Cardiac Arrest,” a CE article in February’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), addresses the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) during cardiopulmonary resuscitation and ethical problems with the continued advancement of end-of-life care.


Studies in February’s Critical Care Medicine include:

Comparison of the Full Outline of UnResponsiveness Score and the Glasgow Coma Scale in Predicting Mortality in Critically Ill Patients,” which concludes this score “might be a better prognostic tool of ICU mortality than the Glasgow Coma Scale in critically ill patients.”

Failure of Anticoagulant Thromboprophylaxis: Risk Factors in Medical-Surgical Critically Ill Patients,” which finds failure is more likely in patients who have an elevated body mass index or are receiving vasopressors and in those with a personal or family history of venous thromboembolism.


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Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 8-14

“United in Safety” is the theme for this year’s Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 8-14, an education and awareness campaign for healthcare safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation, Boston. Refer to the site’s FAQ for details, and email with your questions.


CDC updates measles numbers

On Feb. 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, announced that 154 cases of measles in 17 states and Washington were reported from Jan. 1 to Feb. 20. Last year, 644 cases from 27 states were reported to the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases — the most since the elimination of measles was documented in 2000. Access the CDC’s measles resource page for healthcare professionals.


From the FDA

On Feb. 19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Maryland, noted that the complex design of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) endoscopes may impede effective reprocessing . From January 2013 through December 2014, the FDA received 75 medical device reports on about 135 patients relating to possible microbial transmission from reprocessed ERCP endoscopes. The FDA includes recommendations such as advising patients when to seek prompt help for symptoms after an ERCP procedure.



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Guideline on pneumococcal vaccine for adults

The Feb. 17 issue of JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association includes “Use of Pneumococcal Vaccine in Adults,” a synopsis of the most recent guideline on “use of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine among adults aged 65 years or older.”


Free journal issue

Access the January/February JHQ: Journal for Healthcare Quality at no charge, including a CE article titled “A Standard Handoff Improves Cardiac Surgical Patient Transfer: Operating Room to Intensive Care Unit.”


Resources for managing PAD

ICU Liberation, a website from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Mount Prospect, Illinois, provides a variety of resources related to pain, agitation and delirium (PAD), including guidelines, a pocket card and education programs such as the webcast “Spontaneous Awakening and Breathing Trials: Strategies to Optimize Patient Outcomes.”


CRE infection toolkit

Read about carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infection on a resource page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. The page includes a CRE toolkit and steps clinicians should take.



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Prepare to Celebrate Certified Nurses Day

Certified Nurses Day, held annually March 19, recognizes the important achievement of nursing specialty and subspecialty certification and encourages eligible nurses to become certified. AACN offers many ideas to recognize, honor and celebrate certified nurses. Please send your strategies, success stories and photos to with “Celebrate Certified Nurses” in the subject line.


Live webinar April 9: Indications and clinical utility of ETCO2 monitoring

At AACN’s next live webinar, “It’s All About Breathing: ETCO2 Monitoring” Thursday, April 9, 10 a.m. PT, presenter John J. Gallagher, clinical nurse specialist, will explore the indications and clinical utility of ETCO2 monitoring, including how ETCO2 data adds to clinical understanding of a patient’s condition and informs decisions related to cardiac and pulmonary function. Free registration includes the webinar, implementation tools and access to the on-demand recording. CE is available.


NTI: More than 60 sessions for APRNs at API

The Advanced Practice Institute (API), the “conference within a conference” at NTI, in San Diego, May 18-21 (preconferences May 17), offers more than 60 sessions and 20 pharmacology contact hours specifically for advanced practice nurses. Topics include healthcare reform, legal issues, the APRN value proposition and healthy work environments. After the conference, more than 200 NTI sessions and 60 API sessions will be recorded and offered online with CE for 60 days.


Beacon Award for Excellence recipients

AACN recognizes 72 units from 60 hospitals nationwide that earned the Beacon Award for Excellence between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014. (View recipient list.) The Beacon Award provides gold, silver and bronze levels of recognition to hospital units that exemplify excellence in professional practice, patient care and outcomes. AACN will honor these units during NTI.


Transitions – February 2015

Events in the lives of AACN members and friends


Focus the Flame

President's Note from February's AACN Bold Voices
“It Takes a Nurse’s Touch” — Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015



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CSC Review Course Online

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Based on the 2012 test plan, the CSC certification review course helps candidates for AACN’s cardiac surgery (CSC) subspecialty certification prepare for the exam.

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The course emphasizes research and evidence-based practice, with practice questions and 12.4 CNE contact hours.

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CMC Lapel Pin

(Lapel Pins, 2010)
Product Code:402555

Achieving CSC certification is an outstanding accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated. Show the world that you are committed to improved patient care and high standards of professional practice with this CSC lapel pin.

Member Price: $4.75 (Non-Member: $5.75)






ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set

Author: AHA, AACN
(Pocket Cards, 2011)
Product Code:400862

This set includes two reference cards that serve as useful reminders during and after the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course and in a variety of healthcare settings.

Member Price: $11 (Non-Member: $12)






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We are currently seeking Registered Nurses – Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital, Hoffman Estates, IL.
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The Director of Nursing is responsible to the Senior Director, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for facilitating, coordinating and delegating the delivery of patient care in the critical care nursing units.
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RN-CCU/CVICU Spring Fling Job Fair - Venice Regional Bayfront Health

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Come to Venice Regional’s SPRING FLING NURSING JOB FAIR on March 21st from 10am-2pm. Hiring Leaders will be On-Site for On-The Spot Interviews!
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