CriticalCare eNewsline — July 24, 2014

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July 24, 2014


ACTION - Live webinar on bullying

EVIDENCE - Spirituality and patient-centered care

NEWS - Nursing workforce report

AACN NEWS - New ACCNS-P certification review




An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, just imagine that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.


— Anonymous



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Nominate for 2015 AACN Circle of Excellence awards by Aug. 1

Nominate your peers and colleagues for the 2015 AACN Circle of Excellence awards, which recognize acute and critical care nurses who make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Up to 25 recipients will be selected by Dec. 31 and inducted into the Circle of Excellence Society. They also will be honored at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, May 17-21, in San Diego. Nominations close Aug. 1.


Register for free, live webinar Aug 21: Bullying in the Workplace

Learn about the concept of bullying and its associated continuum of behaviors at AACN’s live webinar, “Bullying in the Workplace: It Harms More Than the Bullied,” Thursday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m. PT. Dr. Karen Stutzer, Chilton Medical Center, Pompton Plains, New Jersey, will review research data on the effects of bullying on you, your colleagues and your patients, and suggest strategies to manage bullying. Free registration includes the webinar, implementation tools and access to the on-demand recording. CNE is offered at no charge for AACN members and $5 for nonmembers.


Apply for an AACN grant starting Sept. 2

AACN invites clinicians and researchers to apply for nearly $200,000 in grants, which can range from $10,000 to $50,000 each. They fund priority projects that address gaps in clinical research and support the translation of these findings for bedside nurses. This year’s recipients include Norma Metheny, Saint Louis University School of Nursing, St. Louis, who will study feeding-tube placement in infants, and Ruth Kleinpell, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, who will lead a multisite study of ACNP care outcomes. Applications open Tuesday, Sept. 2 for the next funding cycle and must be submitted online by Friday, Oct. 31.


Register for CACCN conference by Sept. 4

Register for Dynamics 2014, the annual national convention and product exhibition of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN), Sept. 21-23, in Quebec City, Canada. This year’s theme is “Speaking From Experience: Integrating Excellence as a Culture.” As an invited speaker, Vicki Good, AACN immediate past president, will address building a culture of safety, teamwork and communication. Registration and payment deadline is Sept. 4.


Participate in a survey on coping with unsuccessful resuscitation

Dawn McMeekin, co-investigator, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, invites critical care nurses who meet the criteria to participate in a study examining mechanisms they use to cope with unsuccessful resuscitation. The study examines the relationship between post-code stress, coping behavior and symptom severity of post-traumatic stress disorder. Access the online survey, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Email McMeekin with your questions; (727) 744-4819. You may also email Ronald Hickman, principal investigator; (216) 368-2147.



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Article in AJCC discusses patient-centered perceptions

July’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) includes “Traditional/Restrictive vs. Patient-Centered Intensive Care Unit Visitation: Perceptions of Patients’ Family Members, Physicians, and Nurses,” which examines perceptions related to restricted ICU visitation to understand barriers and other issues. Understanding barriers may help the culture align with patient-centered care.


AJCC editors in chief address spirituality in patient-centered care

In the July issue, Richard Savel and Cindy Munro, editors in chief of American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), discuss “The Importance of Spirituality in Patient-Centered Care,” noting that defining one’s own spirituality helps when providing holistic care for patients and families.


August’s Critical Care Medicine includes the following:

Empiric Antibiotic Treatment Reduces Mortality in Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock From the First Hour: Results From a Guideline-Based Performance Improvement Program” finds that a delay in administering the first dose of antibiotic therapy increases in-hospital mortality, with a linear increase in risk for each hour of delay.

Statins and Delirium During Critical Illness: A Multicenter, Prospective Cohort Study” reports that statins are associated with reduced incidence of delirium, especially in patients with sepsis, and stopping a previously used statin may increase delirium.


Extended-release niacin with laropiprant

In patients with atherosclerotic vascular disease, adding extended-release niacin with laropiprant to statin therapy doesn’t significantly reduce the risk of major vascular events but does increase the risk of serious adverse events, according to “Effects of Extended-Release Niacin With Laropiprant in High-Risk Patients,” published July 17 in The New England Journal of Medicine.


Review of coagulopathy in pediatric trauma

Coagulopathy After Severe Pediatric Trauma,” in June’s SHOCK, summarizes current knowledge about the incidence and potential mechanisms of coagulopathy in pediatric trauma, the role of rapid diagnostic tests in early identification and options for treatment.


Review of parenteral fish oil lipid emulsions

Parenteral Fish Oil Lipid Emulsions in the Critically Ill: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” in January’s Journal of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition, concludes that these emulsions may decrease mortality and ventilation days in critically ill patients, but there is inadequate evidence to recommend routine use.



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Nursing workforce report

The number of nurses has grown substantially in the past decade, according to “The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education – Results in Brief,” in June’s American Nurse Today. More than half of RNs hold a bachelor’s or higher degree, and about one-third of nurses are older than 50. The full report was released by the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland.



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Geriatric ED guidelines

Download “Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines,” developed by the American College of Emergency Physicians, Irving, Texas; The American Geriatrics Society, New York; Emergency Nurses Association, Des Plaines, Illinois; and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Des Plaines, Illinois.


Patient safety concerns

Access “Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations,” from the ECRI Institute, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. The list includes health IT issues, poor care coordination, drug shortages, mislabeled specimens and foreign objects unintentionally retained after surgery.



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Poster abstract submissions for NTI 2015 open Aug. 4

The poster abstract submission process for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), Sunday, May 17 to Thursday, May 21, 2015, in San Diego, opens at noon PT, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Submission categories are Research, Evidence-based Solutions and Chapter Best Practice. Please read the Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines before submitting your abstract. Step I closes at 11:59 p.m. PT, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, and step II closes at 11:59 p.m. PT, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.


Focus the Flame

President's Note from July's AACN Bold Voices
“Focus the Flame”— Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015



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CMC Review Course on CD-ROM

Author: L. Miller
Editor: AACN
(CD Rom, 2013)
Product Code:300917

Based on the 2012 test blueprint, this 11-hour program is designed for nurses preparing for AACN’s cardiac medicine (CMC) subspecialty certification. The course also offers nurses who care for cardiovascular patients an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skill.

The CMC review discusses assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiovascular problems, including acute coronary syndrome, symptomatic dysrhythmias, heart failure, cardiac structural defects, cardiomyopathy, cardiac tamponade, systemic and pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary emboli and acute inflammatory disease.

The course also covers targeted temperature management (therapeutic hypothermia), pulmonary, endocrine, renal, neurologic, hematologic and behavioral concerns for patients with cardiac disease.

Member Price: $129 (Non-Member: $155)





ACCNS-AG Lapel Pins

(Lapel Pins)
Product Code:402174

A symbol of success and excellence for those who have passed the ACCNS-AG certification examination. The pin displays the ACCNS-AG logo in silver with a dark purple background.

Member Price: $4.75 (Non-Member: $5.75)





AACN Shopper Bag

(Tote Bags)
Product Code:402131

Brightly colored, laminated tote featuring the AACN Community logo. Great for shopping!

Member Price: $3 (Non-Member: $3.50)





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