Letters — February 2013

Dare to Become Certified

I was in the NTI 2012 SuperSession when Kathryn Roberts announced AACN’s Dare To theme. It inspired me to write my own dare to on a card and enclose it in the metal container we received. I had wanted to take the CCRN exam but never felt confident it was the right time.

Today, I fulfilled my dare to and took the exam. Kathryn, thank you very much for the encouragement. Now my credentials are BSN and CCRN.

Jimmy (Lee) Thompson Jr.
Rocky Mount, N.C.

AACN Bold Voices: Picks & Pans

Our unit appreciates the clinical education we receive from AACN Bold Voices. It’s evidence based, timely and presented in a way that’s easy to read and retain.

Last March, the roll-out of the Practice Alert about care of the patient who has delirium was brief, scientific and had great memory triggers, such as the pneumonic “THINK.”

Someone who only wanted to know what to do could find it listed under Nursing Responsibilities. Someone looking for in-depth information could review the ABCDE levels of evidence.

AACN’s consistent and methodical commitment to elevate nursing care at the bedside continues because of AACN Bold Voices. Thank you for everyone’s hard work. 

Mary Kathryn Shanahan
Rochester, N.Y.

The short answer is that I don’t like the digital version of AACN Bold Voices. It looks like a magazine, but it’s harder to read because it’s limited by the size of a computer screen.

Since it requires more manipulation to turn pages, scroll over pop-ups and adjust the font size, I generally browse the titles rather than zoom around to see a full article, and I’m less likely to finish reading. On the other hand, I always read the print version, often cover to cover.

Please keep the paper version. It’s wasteful to try reading the small format and end up printing it. 

Pat Nietrzeba
Las Vegas, Nev.

Patient Satisfaction

Re: Page 13 in June AACN Bold Voices

Last June’s article about patient satisfaction and mortality relates to an evidence-based dissemination, implementation and evaluation project on pain management at 400-bed Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.

It was part of a national pain study from the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) and involved the University of Utah, University of Kansas Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Six nurses and a pharmacist developed an action plan with three objectives: educate staff members about pain management; distribute education materials we selected from the NDNQI toolkits website to patients who met the project criteria; and daily interdisciplinary pain rounds.

Among our results, we improved pain management, and our NRC Picker patient satisfaction benchmarks increased. The project has changed nursing practice as our hospital continues to improve patient outcomes.

One change is that we’ve hired more clinical pharmacists based on this evidence.

Diane Glowacki
Buffalo, N.Y.

Night Noises

Re: Page 18 in September AACN Bold Voices

I work in the ICU of a highly regarded institution and am totally embarrassed at how loud my coworkers are at night. It makes me cringe.

I have addressed it when I’ve been the charge nurse. Unfortunately, my peers mouthed off and disregarded me.

Name withheld

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