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November 20, 2014


ACTION - Giving Tuesday

EVIDENCE - Resilience training program

NEWS - 2015 National Patient Safety Goals

AACN UPDATE - Cyber Monday bookstore discount




I don’t know everything, I’m just a kid. But I know this: It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance. ~ Kid President



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Giving Tuesday

Dec. 2 is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to celebrating generosity and giving back. The Giving Tuesday website encourages you to “find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more.” Click on Tools for ideas & examples, archived stories, toolkits and more. Then describe your giving on Facebook or Twitter, #givingtuesday.


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 article in AJCC finds no difference in HAI between disposable and reusable leads

Infection Rates in Intensive Care Units by Electrocardiographic Lead Wire Type: Disposable vs Reusable,” a CNE article in in November’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds no difference in hospital-acquired infection (HAI) rates between patients receiving disposable versus reusable electrocardiographic lead wires. The use of careful infection control techniques, even with disposable wires, is advised.


Article in AJCC concludes resilience training program is feasible

Feasibility and Acceptability of a Resilience Training Program for Intensive Care Unit Nurses,” an article in November’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that a multifaceted resilience training program for ICU nurses is both feasible and acceptable to participants. This program can improve psychological outcomes for symptoms such as anxiety, depression, burnout syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Morbidity increases in pediatric ICU

November’s Pediatric Critical Care Medicine includes “Pediatric Intensive Care Outcomes: Development of New Morbidities During Pediatric Critical Care,” which finds a 4.8 percent prevalence of new morbidity — twice the mortality rate. “Compared with historical data, it is possible that pediatric critical care has exchanged improved mortality rates for increased morbidity rates.”


Physicians slow to give up tight glycemic control

Tight Glucose Control Used Improperly in Intensive Care,” published Nov. 6 in Medscape Medical News, summarizes a study that finds physicians continue to use tight glycemic control despite evidence showing the practice can increase mortality. The study was presented Oct. 29 at the CHEST 2014 meeting in Austin, Texas. (Free registration is required to access this article.)



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FDA announces recall

On Nov. 17, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Maryland, announced that Solgar, Inc., Leonia, New Jersey, recalled ABC Dophilus Powder, because Rhizopus oryzae, which can cause mucormycosis, was found in 1.75 oz (50 g) containers.


2015 National Patient Safety Goals

On. Nov. 14, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, released the 2015 National Patient Safety Goals for hospitals, which are effective Jan. 1.


Funding for translation of gerontology research

On Nov. 12, the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, announced that funds were renewed for 11 Edward R. Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Gerontology, and two new centers were designated. The centers focus on translation of gerontology research.



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Platelet transfusion guideline

Platelet Transfusion: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the AABB,” published online Nov. 11 in Annals of Internal Medicine, provides six recommendations, including “platelets should be transfused prophylactically to reduce the risk for spontaneous bleeding in hospitalized adult patients with therapy-induced hypoproliferative thrombocytopenia.”


Guidelines for treatment of esophageal cancer

November’s The Annals of Thoracic Surgery includes “The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Practice Guidelines on the Role of Multimodality Treatment for Cancer of the Esophagus and Gastroesophageal Junction.”


Health literacy assessment tool from AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Maryland, released “Short Assessment of Health Literacy–Spanish and English,” which takes two to three minutes to administer.



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Join the conversation on Facebook

Join the daily online conversation with the AACN community on our Facebook page. Recent hot topics include flu shots, fruitcake, NTI 2015 and Ebola virus disease. Take a look, and please “like” our page while you’re there.


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.


Live webinar: Q&A on sepsis practices

Do your current sepsis practices support optimal patient outcomes — and will they stand up to evaluation as a core measure in 2016? Confirm best practices, ask questions and learn more at “Live Q&A: Do Your Sepsis Practices Measure Up?” Thursday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. PT, presented by national sepsis expert Thomas Ahrens, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. You are invited to submit questions before the live event via AACN’s Practice Resource Network by selecting “AACN Critical Care Webinar Series” from the dropdown list of topics. Free registration includes the webinar, implementation tools and access to the on-demand recording; CNE is available.


Get ready for 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.

More CNEs will be available this year, and there will be even more flexibility through self-study after NTI.


CCRN-K certification

CCRN-K certification is for nursing professionals who in their practice apply knowledge in a way that influences patients, nurses and/or organizations to have a positive impact on the care delivered to acutely and/or critically ill adult, pediatric or neonatal patients but do not provide direct patient care. CCRN-K may be obtained through completion of an initial exam or as a renewal option for nurses who are CCRN or CCRN-E certified. Some examples of nurses who hold CCRN-K certification include ICU/CCU managers, clinical educators and critical care directors. For details on eligibility, refer to the CCRN-K FAQs. For CCRN-K eligibility questions, please email


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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AACN Cardiovascular Assessment Pocket Reference Card

Author: AACN
(Pocket Cards, 2009)
Product Code:400855

This easy-to-use, quick reference covers vital signs, heart tones, murmurs, cardiac enzymes and more.

Member Price: $2 (Non-Member: $4)





AACN Winter Fleece Set

Product Code:402381

Add a cozy layer with our soft shell vest embroidered with the CCRN logo. The polyester stretch woven shell is bonded to polyester microfleece for core insulation and wind protection. It has four-way stretch for easy movement and a laminated film insert for water resistance.

Member Price: $54 (Non-Member: $60)






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