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September 29, 2016


ACTION - Comment on palliative care statement

EVIDENCE - Pediatric early-warning scoring system

NEWS - End-of-life documentary

AACN UPDATE - Attend online webinar on pain transition




In our rapidly changing hospitals, know that your care, your touch, your voice and your values matter.~ Clareen Wiencek



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Speaker abstracts due Oct. 11

Submit a speaker abstract for the 19th annual NPSF (National Patient Safety Foundation) Patient Safety Congress, May 17-19, 2017, in Orlando, Florida, by Oct. 11, 11:59 p.m. ET. “Preferences will be given to proposals that address patient and family engagement, demonstrate sustainability in best practices and innovation.”


Comment on palliative care draft statement

Draft Call for Action: Nurses Lead and Transform Palliative Care,” developed by the Palliative and Hospice Care Professional Issues Panel Steering Committee, was convened by the American Nurses Association and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. Send your comments by Oct. 14, 5 p.m. ET.


Participate in research studies

Linda Chlan, Jill Guttormson, Breanna Hetland and Mary Fran Tracy invite nurses to share their opinions about nurses’ sedation administration practices and beliefs by completing a 25-item, confidential survey. Those who complete the survey may enter a drawing for one iPad Air. Email Chlan with your questions, or call her at 507-255-7859.

Cara Chandler, a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is seeking nurses to participate in a survey on how nurse beliefs and attitudes influence end-of-life practice. The confidential survey takes about 15 minutes. Please email Chandler or Lisa Chiodo with your questions.

Ivan Gan, a doctoral student at Texas A&M University, would like to interview staff and management nurses for a study on how nurse managers, permanent nurses and temporary nurses communicate. Email Gan for more information or to participate.

Mariann Hisel, a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University, is asking nurses to participate in a study on nurses’ work and well-being. The confidential survey takes five to10 minutes to complete. Email Hisel with your questions, or call her at 815-356-1403.


Participate in focus group

Rachel Hodapp, clinical research coordinator at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, invites critical care nurses to help design and adapt a mindfulness-based resiliency program to prevent ICU nursing burnout by participating in a 30- to 45-minute conference-call focus group. Participants will receive a $20 gift certificate. Email Hodapp for more information, or call her at 303-724-6081.



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From September’s American Journal of Critical Care

This study’s findings do not support the superiority of silver-impregnated dressings for prevention of surgical site infections in children after cardiac surgery.


Pediatric early-warning system

Use of a pediatric early-warning scoring system on non-ICU units increases pediatric rapid response calls and decreases codes, notes a study published in October.


Stroke after VAD

The incidence of stroke after implantation of a ventricular assist device (VAD) is 8.7 percent per year, and incident stroke is “strongly associated with subsequent in-hospital mortality,” according to a study published Sept. 20.



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October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness Month, an initiative of the Heart Rhythm Society, highlights SCA as a serious problem different from myocardial infarction (MI). Patients who survive MI have the highest risk of SCA, which takes more lives each year than breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS, according to the society. Materials for educating patients and the public are available on the website.


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the National Breast Cancer Foundation recommends creating an early-detection plan and encouraging others to do the same.


End-of-life documentary

“Extremis,” a 24-minute documentary on ICU end-of-life discussions filmed at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, is now available on Netflix.



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Trauma response report

Download a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on how to improve trauma care in military and civilian settings.


Bleeding control website, a new website from the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus, contains diagrams, videos and other resources designed to help the public and first responders react quickly to a mass casualty or other bleeding emergency.



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Preventing the Acute-to-Chronic Pain Transition

In this AACN webinar, Oct. 13, 10-10:30 a.m. PT, presenter Kathleen Puntillo will discuss the transition from acute to chronic pain in critically ill patients and how it contributes to post intensive care syndrome. She will also provide a multimodal approach to acute pain management. Free registration includes the live webinar, implementation tools and access to the on-demand recording. CE is available.


Apply for AACN research grant by Oct. 13

AACN invites clinicians and researchers to apply for nearly $160,000 in research grants, ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 each. They fund priority projects that address gaps in clinical research and support translation of the findings for bedside nurses. Principal investigators must be AACN members and have at least a master’s degree. Applications must be submitted online by Oct. 13, 5 p.m. PT.


It Matters

President’s Note from September’s AACN Bold Voices
What Does – and Doesn’t – Matter — Clareen Wiencek, AACN President 2016-2017



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"The Nurse Manager's Guide to Budgeting & Finance," 2nd ed.

Author: A. Rundio
(Book, 248 pages, 2016)
Product Code:128660
ISBN: 9781940446585

This book was updated to include details about key legislation that will affect your budget, and it provides tools, tips and strategies for running a unit that you weren’t taught in nursing school.

Member Price: $31.45 (Non-Member: $34.95)





"Priorities in Critical Care Nursing," 7th ed.

Author: L. Urden, K. Stacy, M. Lough
(Book, 664 pages, 2015)
Product Code:128752
ISBN: 9780323320856

The content spans medication, patient safety, patient education, nursing diagnosis, collaborative management and more to equip you for critical care nursing success. This edition also features new case studies, new QSEN-focused callout boxes, a digital glossary and revised chapter summaries.

Member Price: $96 (Non-Member: $102)





"A Daybook for Nurse Leaders and Mentors"

Author: Various
(Book, 192 pages, 2006)
Product Code:330105
ISBN: 9781930538504

This daybook offers daily pearls of wisdom, inspiration and challenges for leaders and leaders-to-be. Whether you have been leading for a lifetime or are stepping into your first leadership role, it will keep you company on each step of your journey.

Member Price: $14.25 (Non-Member: $14.99)





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