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December 18, 2014


ACTION - Register for HIMSS15

EVIDENCE - Complementary, alternative and traditional therapies

NEWS - 2014 Person of the Year

AACN UPDATE - Join us at NTI





One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.
~ Lewis Carroll


(The next issue of CriticalCare eNewsline will be Monday, Dec. 29;
our regular schedule will resume Thursday, Jan. 8.)



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Register for HIMSS15

Register for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition, April 12-16, 2015, in Chicago. At HIMSS15, you’ll attend valuable education events, learn about cutting-edge health IT products and services, and network with like-minded professionals, clinicians and executives. Register by Jan. 27 to save $100.


Submit abstract for nursing research conference

Submit poster and podium abstracts for the 11th Annual Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference, “Transforming Practice through Research & Dissemination,” April 27-28, 2015, in Aurora, Ohio. The deadline is Jan. 30.


Participate in study on resilience

Meredith Mealer, assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver, invites critical care nurses to participate in “Resilience Intervention Survey of Critical Care Nurses.” This confidential, anonymous survey takes approximately five to 10 minutes to complete. Please email Mealer with your questions, or call her at 303-724-8601.



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CNE article in CCN discusses complementary, alternative and traditional therapies

Introduction to Complementary, Alternative, and Traditional Therapies,” a CNE article in December’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), finds that critical care nurses are in a unique position to advocate for their patients and to promote safe incorporation of these therapies into the plan of care.


Article in CCN compares quality improvement and research

Quality Improvement or Research – Deciding Which Road to Take,” an article in December’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), provides a broad overview of the differences between quality improvement and research, as well as a discussion of factors to consider when deciding which road to take.


No Ebola cases detected through airport screening

Airport Exit and Entry Screening for Ebola – August-November 10, 2014,” published Dec. 9 in MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, finds that of 1,993 travelers from countries with widespread Ebola who were screened at U.S. airports, 86 (4.3 percent) were referred to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. Seven (8.1 percent) of those travelers were symptomatic and referred for medical evaluation; none were diagnosed with Ebola.


Nursing implications in IOM report

December’s Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing includes “The Institute of Medicine’s 2014 Committee on Approaching Death Report: Recommendations and Implications for Nursing.”



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Happy Holidays!

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season to everyone in our community of nurses. Thank you for everything you do on behalf of patients and families — every day. We hope you can share some time with your family and friends during the holidays.


TIME names Ebola fighters as 2014 Person of the Year

On Dec. 10, TIME announced that it chose the Ebola fighters as the 2014 Person of the Year. In discussing the reason for the choice, Nancy Gibbs, managing editor of TIME wrote, “The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight.” Access stories from nurses involved in fighting Ebola.



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2015 National Patient Safety Goals

The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, released “2015 Hospital National Patient Safety Goals,” effective Jan. 1, which are as follows: Identify patients correctly, improve staff communication, use medications safely, use alarms safely, prevent infection, identify patient safety risks and prevent mistakes in surgery.


Ebola resources

Ebola: What Every Healthcare Professional Should Know,” an online course from University of Alabama School of Nursing Office of Professional Development, Birmingham, is offered at no charge; a $25 fee applies to obtain CNE.

Caring for Patients With Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective” includes slides, text, audio and a transcript from the Nov. 24 webinar provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. Additional resources such as protocols are offered, and CNE is available.



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AACN online bookstore offers free shipping for members

Enjoy a benefit of AACN membership through Dec. 31: free shipping for 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, please sign up to enjoy this incentive, plus many more benefits of belonging to our AACN community of exceptional nurses.


Time running out to apply for ACNPC, CCNS exams

If you plan to take the ACNPC exam or the CCNS exam, you must apply by Dec. 31. AACN Certification Corporation will not offer the adult, pediatric and neonatal CCNS exams or the adult ACNPC exam for initial certification to those who apply after this date. Current ACNPCs and CCNSs may continue to renew their certification in the future if they meet renewal requirements and do not let their certification lapse.


Comment on ‘AACN Scope and Standards for Acute and Critical Care Nursing Practice’

How is nursing practice at the bedside evolving to optimally meet the needs of patients, healthcare organizations and society? AACN is seeking input from clinicians, managers and educators on proposed updates to “AACN Scope and Standards for Acute and Critical Care Nursing Practice,” published in 2008. Download and read “Scope of Practice,” “Standards of Clinical Practice” and “Standards of Professional Performance,” and then comment via our confidential, online survey by Jan. 16.


Join us at NTI

Registration is open for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 18-21, 2015, in San Diego, with preconferences May 17:

Search the NTI educational program online, and personalize your program with a combination of sessions tied to your unit’s or hospital’s strategic initiatives and your professional development goals.

Discuss the value of attending NTI with your manager before the end of the year, especially if you can use any unspent professional development funds. Visit our ROI toolkit Web page for a template request letter and planning worksheets. Focus on what you will specifically bring back to your unit or hospital in return for the opportunity to attend.


Focus the Flame

President's Note from December's AACN Bold Voices
“Because I Was Here” — Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015



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ACNPC-AG Review Course on CD-ROM

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This comprehensive certification review course is designed to help aspiring adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) prepare for the ACNPC-AG certification exam. Content is based on and fully aligns with AACN Certification Corporation’s ACNPC-AG test plan. Course contributors, who are nationally known subject matter experts and ACNPs, present in their areas of expertise.

The review has the same modular structure as the new ACNPC-AG test plan, using a question-and-answer format and rationale to review the specialized physiologic and psychologic needs of adult-gerontology patients (young adult to frail elderly).

To further support learning, the course questions are framed in the context of patient care rather than clinical knowledge alone. Research and evidence-based practice are emphasized, and Synergy Model concepts are also addressed.

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Stay prepared for every occasion with this versatile organizer/messenger bag with a CCRN logo. Made of 600-denier polyester, the tote is durable and designed to last.

Member Price: $22.50 (Non-Member: $25)






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