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August 27, 2015
EVIDENCE - ECG nuisance alarms
NEWS - National CNS Recognition Week
RESOURCES - Palliative care
AACN UPDATE - Nominate for chapter awards
Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back in the shell.”
~ Cass Canfield
Apply for NINR training
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), Bethesda, Maryland, is accepting applications for its 2016 Graduate Partnerships Program, a fellowship training program for PhD students attending a school of nursing. “The goal of the program is to encourage and support the training of nursing doctoral students who are motivated to undertake careers in basic or clinical research,” according to NINR. Apply by Dec. 1; recommendation letters are due Dec. 7.
Participate in study on moral distress
Catherine Hiler, a DNP candidate at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, invites nurses to participate in the study “Moral Distress and Its Impact on Perceptions of Work Environment and Patient Safety Among Critical Care Nurses.” It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete the confidential survey. Email Hiler with your questions, or call her at 540-968-1430.
Article in CCN focuses on preterm infants who require mechanical ventilation
“Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation: Challenges to Nurses and Outcome in Extremely Preterm Babies,” in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), focuses on preterm infants who require mechanical ventilation for a prolonged period and on nurses’ role in management, so that potential complications can be avoided.
CE Article of the Month in CCN addresses ECG nuisance alarms
“Stop the Noise: A Quality Improvement Project to Decrease ECG Nuisance Alarms,” a CE article in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), discusses a quality improvement project that discovered a bundled approach to interventions can decrease the mean number of nuisance electrocardiographic alarm signals.
Moderate physical activity may reduce heart failure risk
“Physical Activity and Heart Failure Risk in a Prospective Study of Men,” in August’s JACC: Heart Failure, reports that walking/bicycling at least 20 minutes a day is associated with a 21 percent lower risk of heart failure. Extremely low and high levels of physical activity, as opposed to moderate levels, may increase the risk.
Fall risks identified for patients with COPD
About 40 percent of community-dwelling people with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) fall over one year, according to “Falls by Individuals With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Preliminary 12-Month Prospective Cohort Study,” online July 23 in Respirology. Some risk factors for falls include number of comorbidities and history of falls in the previous year.
National CNS Recognition Week
Sept. 1-7 is National CNS Recognition Week, when hospitals and healthcare systems pay tribute to and build awareness of the important role of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs). This year’s theme is “The Clinical Nurse Specialist: Vital Link in Health Care Reform.” The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Philadelphia, offers resources to promote the annual celebration, including a fact sheet, an idea guide and a news release template. Access CNS resources through AACN’s list of National CNS Standards and Guidelines.
News from the FDA
On Aug. 18, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned healthcare professionals not to administer compounded or repackaged drugs that have been stored in 3 mL and 5 mL syringes manufactured by Becton-Dickinson, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, “unless there is no suitable alternative available,” because the drugs may have lost potency over time.
New tool for falls prevention
On Aug. 12, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare released its Targeted Solutions Tool for preventing inpatient falls and falls with injury. Using the online tool in “a typical 200-bed hospital could potentially reduce the number of patients injured from a fall from 117 to 45 and avoid approximately $1 million in costs annually through fall prevention efforts.”
Palliative care in neurocritically ill patients
Access “Integrating Palliative Care Into the Care of Neurocritically Ill Patients: A Report From the Improving Palliative Care in the ICU Project Advisory Board and the Center to Advance Palliative Care,” in September’s Critical Care Medicine. Palliative care principles give clinicians “a framework to address decision making at a time of crisis that enhances patient/family autonomy and clinical professionalism.”
Guideline summary of pediatric brain tumor
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland, posted a summary of “Care of the Pediatric Patient With a Brain Tumor,” a clinical practice guideline from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and the American Brain Tumor Association, both in Chicago.
IV push medication guidelines
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), Horsham, Pennsylvania, offers “ISMP Safe Practice Guidelines for Adult IV Push Medications: A Compilation of Safe Practices From the ISMP Adult IV Push Medication Safety Summit.” The document is “intended to identify the risks, examine the current evidence, and make recommendations for safer practices associated with adult IV push injection preparation and administration.”
Live webinar Sept. 10
Recently, work has been done to realign the ABCDE bundle more closely with the Pain, Agitation and Delirium guidelines; the addition of “F” for family engagement and empowerment is included in this update. Join Brenda Pun, program clinical manager at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, for “Adding ‘F’: Integrating Family Throughout the ABCDE Bundle,” Sept. 10, 10 a.m. PT. She will discuss the history of the ABCDE bundle and areas that were updated and refined. Free registration includes the live webinar, implementation tools and access to the on-demand recording. CE is available.
Submit nominations for chapter awards
Nominate your choices for the 2016 AACN Chapter Awards, which recognize exemplary efforts to make a difference in the healthcare profession and local communities. The awards recognize contributions and achievements that exemplify AACN’s mission, vision, values and ethic of care. Award categories:
Excellence in Chapter Collaboration
Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development
Excellence in Chapter Community Education & Public Service
Excellence in Chapter Educational Programming
Excellence in Promoting the Value of Certification
AACN President’s Award for Chapters
Nominations close Nov. 1, 2015, except those for the President’s Award for Chapters, which close Feb. 15, 2016.
AACN scholarships support the future of our members
Whether you seek learning through a national or local program, AACN scholarships help you expand your knowledge and skills to develop your career. Start your journey by visiting the Scholarships Web page. Then read “Important Information for Scholarship Applicants” before starting your online application. Email email@example.com with your questions.
Transitions – August 2015
Events in the lives of AACN members and friends
President's Note from August's AACN Bold Voices
“A Basket of Crabs” — Karen McQuillan, AACN President 2015-2016
AACN Sepsis Management Pocket Reference Card
(Pocket Cards, 2015)
The Sepsis Management pocket reference addresses criteria for differentiating sepsis vs. severe sepsis; goal-directed sepsis resuscitation measures; sepsis management measures; measures to support critically ill patients with sepsis; and Practice Alerts related to managing patients with sepsis. Quantity discounts are available for this product. Purchase five to 20 and receive 10 percent off; 21 or more and receive 20 percent off. Simply change the quantity in your shopping cart, and the discount will be calculated automatically.
Member Price: $2.50 (Non-Member: $4.50)
AACN Cardiac Medications Pocket Reference Card
(Pocket Cards, 2015)
This pocket reference provides information on common cardiac medications, including loading and maintenance dosages, indications and contraindications. Quick reference drug categories: Antidysrhythmic Medications, Inotropic Drugs, Vasodilator Drugs. Quantity discounts are available for this product. Purchase five to 20 and receive 10 percent off; 21 or more and receive 20 percent off. Simply change the quantity in your shopping cart, and the discount will be calculated automatically.
AACN Cardiovascular Assessment Pocket Reference Card
(Pocket Cards, 2015)
This easy-to-use quick reference covers vital signs, heart tones, murmurs, cardiac enzymes and much more. Quantity discounts are available for this product. Purchase five to 20 and receive 10 percent off; 21 or more and receive 20 percent off. Simply change the quantity in your shopping cart, and the discount will be calculated automatically.
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