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November 26, 2014


ACTION - Webinar on hospital technology at home

EVIDENCE - AJCC editorial

NEWS - Hemodynamic and oximetric monitoring

AACN UPDATE - Cyber Monday bookstore discount





Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~ W.T. Purkiser



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Free webinar on hospital technology at home, Dec. 11

Register for a free webinar, “That Stupid Machine Is Alarming Again: Transitioning Hospital Technology Into the Home,” offered by the AAMI Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute, Arlington, Virginia, on Dec. 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. The webinar will discuss management of pediatric home medical equipment so patients can live safely at home.


Apply for fellowship in health leadership by Dec. 12

Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Phoenix, is accepting applications for its 2015 Interprofessional Fellowship in Innovative Health Leadership. The program, which runs Feb. 9 to Nov. 19, 2015, “helps health professionals with executive leadership responsibilities drive innovation in their organizations.” Deadline is Dec. 12 or until the cohort is full. Apply for an AACN continuing professional development scholarship to participate. AACN scholarships help members enrich their career and acquire knowledge and skills beyond traditional academic learning.


Participate in study on AMDCs

Katherine Alford, a doctoral student at University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, invites progressive care staff nurses who meet the criteria to participate in a confidential research study on alternative work processes and automated medication dispensing cabinets (AMDCs) that takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Please call Alford with your questions at 210-317-7682, or her adviser, Sara Gill, at 210-567-3014.



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CNE of the Month: Article in AJCC on family presence during pediatric resuscitation

Family Presence During Resuscitation and Invasive Procedures in Pediatric Critical Care: A Systematic Review,” in November’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that parents want to be present during invasive procedures and resuscitation, would choose to be present again, recommend being present to others and would not have changed anything about the experience.


Article in AJCC discusses rapid blood sampling

Speed of Blood Withdrawal and Accurate Measurement of Oxygen Content in Mixed Venous Blood,” an article in November’s AJCC, finds that rapid (5-second) blood sampling does not falsely elevate measurements of mixed venous oxygen saturation.


Editorial in AJCC on history of modern medicine

The editors discuss the spiritual and scientific history of modern medicine in “From Asclepius to Hippocrates: The Art and Science of Healing,” an editorial in November’s issue.


Ebola case reports

Nov. 12’s The New England Journal of Medicine includes “Clinical Care of Two Patients With Ebola Virus Disease in the United States,” which provides case reports of a physician and a missionary who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia and were transferred to Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.


Treatment for relapsed HCV GT-1 reports success

Re-Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 1 Infection After Relapse: An Open-Label Pilot Study,” in the Nov. 4 Annals of Internal Medicine, finds that a “fixed-dose combination of sofosbuvir plus ledipasvir was efficacious in a small cohort of patients” with the infection who relapsed after sofosbuvir plus ribavirin therapy.



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Happy Thanksgiving

We wish our AACN community a happy and wonderful celebration. Enjoy spending time with family and friends, and if you’re caring for patients and families on the holiday, please know how much your expertise and dedication are valued — on Thanksgiving and every other day.


News from the FDA

On Nov. 24, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Maryland, announced that Aurobindo Pharma USA, Dayton, New Jersey, recalled lot GESB14011-A of Gabapentin Capsules, USP 300 mg 100-count bottles, because the lot contains some empty capsules.


Statement on hemodynamic and oximetric monitoring

On Oct. 1, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, a joint collaboration of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Mount Prospect, Illinois, and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Brussels, released “Surviving Sepsis Campaign Statement Regarding Hemodynamic and Oximetric Monitoring in Response to ProCESS and ARISE Trials.” The statement notes that recently published data from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign confirm that “adherence to quality improvement measures in severe sepsis and septic shock is associated with mortality decline.”



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Alarm fatigue toolkit

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Philadelphia, released “Alarm Fatigue: Strategies to Safely Manage Clinical Alarms and Prevent Alarm Fatigue.” Download the toolkit, which includes an introduction, how to get started, frequently asked questions, and a crosswalk and literature table, with links to resources and a review of research on alarm fatigue.


New guideline summaries from AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Maryland, posted two summaries of guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm,” and “Screening for Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis.”



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Cyber Monday 15 percent discount

Treat your friends and colleagues to a present from AACN’s online bookstore — at a 15 percent discount for one day only — Monday, Dec. 1 (midnight Sunday until midnight Monday PT). You don’t need a promo code; the discount is applied automatically at checkout. For already discounted items, you will receive either the 15 percent holiday discount or the original product discount — whichever is higher. (Registration fees for conferences, other educational offerings and certification exams are not eligible for the discount.) The ongoing offer that provides free shipping for members is in effect when spending $50 or more through Dec. 31.


Join us at NTI 2015 in San Diego

Register for NTI by April 2 and save $76. The main conference is May 18-21, with one-day preconferences Sunday, May 17 only.

Book your hotel early for the best selection and rates. Reservations are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and April 1 is the deadline to receive discounted room rates. Please call 800-340-1840 with your questions.

Nurses’ Night Off, May 20, will be at the San Diego Zoo, which we’ll have all to ourselves.

Learn about all that San Diego has to offer!


Support AACN through AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is an easy and convenient way to support your AACN community. When you shop at, you’ll find the same selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the price of eligible purchases to AACN evidence-based practice initiatives.


Focus the Flame

President's Note from November's AACN Bold Voices
“Who Cares?” — Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015



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Pediatric CCRN/CCRN-K Review Course on CD-ROM for PC

Author: K. Roberts
Editor: AACN
(Audio CD, 2011)
Product Code:301982

This comprehensive review course was produced from a live AACN webinar and based on content in the Pediatric CCRN/CCRN-K Test Plan. It provides an in-depth review of cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, hematology/immunology, multisystem, neurologic, pulmonary and renal topics. Approved for 13.5 contact hours, Synergy CERP A.

Member Price: $179 (Non-Member: $199)





CCRN I.D. Pin (1 dozen)

(Lapel Pins)
Product Code:402138

Show your CCRN team that you appreciate their certification. This gold-plated CCRN I.D. Pin is a great gift that CCRNs would be proud to wear. Sold in packs of 12.

Member Price: $14 (Non-Member: $16)






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