A Community of Exceptional Nurses
Connect with AACN
August 14, 2014
ACTION - Join the Facebook conversation
EVIDENCE - Pancreatitis in children
NEWS - FDA announces recall
AACN NEWS - Call for DRL nominations
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.
Join the conversation on Facebook
Join the daily online conversation with the AACN community on our Facebook page. Recent hot topics include “Focus the Flame,” laws to prevent nurses from working excessive hours, early mobility and the World Cup. Take a look, and please “like” our page while you’re there. In late July, AACN’s Facebook likes reached 40,000, a 60 percent increase from April 2013.
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 to take certification exam at TRENDS
Paper and pencil administration of the CCRN, CCRN-E, CCRN-K, PCCN, CNML, CMC and CSC exams will be offered at the TRENDS in Critical Care Nursing conference in King of Prussia (Philadelphia area), Friday morning, Oct. 3. You must send payment with the special TRENDS exam application, and both must arrive at AACN no later than Friday, Sept. 5. Get more information and download an application. For a CNML exam application email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for Q-Centrix webinar
“Strategies to Manage Hospital Acquired Conditions Reporting in an ACA World: An IC Check-Up,” a free one-hour webinar Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. PT, will explain how recent changes in federal rules related to the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program will affect infection control (IC) preventionists. Register for the webinar, presented by a team of experts from Q-Centrix, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Submit poster abstracts for NTI 2015
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, is open. Submission categories are Research, Evidence-based Solutions and Chapter Best Practice. Please see Poster Abstracts to submit your abstract. Step I closes at 11:59 p.m. PT, Sept. 15, 2014, and step II closes at 11:59 p.m. PT, Sept. 29, 2014.
Article in CCN presents case report
“Separating Fact From Factitious Hemoptysis: A Case Report,” in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), presents a diagnosis of Münchausen syndrome manifested as factitious hemoptysis via unusual and modern means.
CNE article in CCN reviews acute pancreatitis in children
“Pancreatitis in Children,” a CNE article in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), features a clinical case to illustrate key concepts and current trends in the management of this condition.
Suboptimal compliance with CLABSI prevention policies
August’s AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control includes “Compliance With Prevention Practices and Their Association With Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Neonatal Intensive Care Units,” which notes that although most NICUs have implemented CLABSI prevention policies and monitor compliance, reporting 95 percent or greater compliance for any of the practices ranges from only 50 to 63 percent.
Factors associated with compassion satisfaction
“Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Satisfaction, and Secondary Traumatic Stress in Trauma Nurses,” in the July/August Journal of Trauma Nursing, finds that higher compassion satisfaction correlates with “greater strength of supports, higher participation in exercise, use of meditation and positive coworker relationships.”
Hospital arrival time may affect mortality
Patients having an ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction who arrive at the hospital during off-hours tend to experience delays in treatment and have a 13 percent higher mortality risk, according to “Impact of Time of Presentation on Process Performance and Outcomes in ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction,” posted online July 29 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
FDA announces recall
On Aug. 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Maryland, announced that Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Lexington, Massachusetts, has recalled nine lots of CUBICIN (daptomycin for injection) due to findings of foreign particulate matter in reconstituted vials.
Intraosseous vascular access
Commentary on “Benefits vs. Risks of Intraosseous Vascular Access,” a case report in the July/August WebM&M: Morbidity & Mortality Rounds on the Web, provides an overview of intraosseous access, its use in emergency resuscitation and common complications.
Studying for PCCN exam
AACN study tools, including “Practice PCCN Exam Questions: Adult,” which contains 120 questions with rationale, help you prepare for the exam. The “PCCN Self-Assessment Exam” has 75 items with rationale and offers 18 category A CERPs.
Call for DRL nominations
Participate in selecting the 2016 Distinguished Research Lecturer (DRL) by nominating a nationally recognized nurse researcher. Honorees, who are also AACN members, represent a legacy of contributions to acute and critical care nursing research. Supported by a grant from Philips Healthcare, Andover, Massachusetts, the award recognizes nurses whose program of research has significantly influenced high acuity and critical care. Submit your nominations via email by Dec. 1.
Lead positive change with Beacon Award for Excellence
Gold, silver and bronze levels—awarded for a three-year period—recognize significant milestones along the path to patient care excellence. Through the Beacon Award application process, a unit works together to gather nurse-driven data, reflect on strengths and weaknesses, and chart a course for continuous improvement and reassessment. Any unit where patients receive their principal nursing care after hospital admission can apply on a rolling basis. AACN membership is not required. Begin your Beacon journey.
Focus the Flame
President's Note from August's AACN Bold Voices
“The Element Lights Our Way”— Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015
"AACN Essentials of Progressive Care Nursing," 3rd ed.
Editor: S. Burns
(Book, 560 pages, 2014)
Written by nationally known experts in acute care nursing, this textbook provides concise, foundational information for the safe and competent care of adult progressive care patients and their families, whether you're a nurse working in progressive care or a student nurse preparing for the certification exam in progressive care.
Member Price: $71 (Non-Member: $79)
This portfolio features a velvet-lined tablet or eReader pocket, see-through pocket for your smartphone, USB loops, stitched and padded covers, zipper closure, pen loop and large exterior pocket. The AACN Community logo is embossed on the cover.
Member Price: $22 (Non-Member: $27)
AACN Shopper Bag
Brightly colored, laminated tote featuring the AACN Community logo. Great for shopping!
Member Price: $3 (Non-Member: $3.50)
Featured Career Opportunities
Multiple RN Positions Available - VA ST Louis Health Care System
St. Louis, MO
With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips.
Read more about this position
Cardiac, ICU, Progressive and Intermediate Care - University of Virginia Medical Center
Join us AUGUST 21st for an Open House for ICU and cardiac progressive/intermediate care at University of Virginia Medical Center. Please RSVP by August 17th.
Read more about this position
CVOR-RN’s - Centura Health
Colorado Springs, CO
Work & play in Colorado Springs as Centura Health expands its cardiac services! Enjoy up to $5k sign on, relocation and Colorado’s exceptional lifestyle.
Read more about this position
Program Manager – American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Aliso Viejo, CA
The Program Manager will direct the daily work of AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy.
Read more about this position
Do you have a comment, question or story idea for CriticalCare eNewsline? Send your email to email@example.com.
UPDATE YOUR OWN INFORMATION ONLINE
Did you know you can update your demographic profile, including your email address, online? Simply log in using your membership or customer identification number.
Learn more about what we have to offer based on your role in the industry.