Critical Care Newsline — January 17, 2008

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Jan. 17, 2008

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1. Call for Response: AACN Critical Care NewslineReadership Survey
2. Research: Tired Nurses Susceptible to Drowsy Driving (Abstract)
3. Reminder: Paper and Pencil Certification Exam Application Deadline Is Feb. 13
4. Research: Why Some People Are Resilient to Stress, Others Not
5. Resource: Free Journal Supplement on Nurse Competence in Aging
6. Resource: Patient Safety Toolkit
7. News: Lawmakers Pass Funding for SCHIP, Nursing Programs
8. Clinical Practice Resources
9. AACN Resources
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1. Call for Response: AACN Critical Care NewslineReadership Survey
Have you filled out the online AACN Critical Care NewslineReadership Survey yet? If not, here’s your chance to let us know what you’d like to read about in our weekly e-newsletter.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=yLi96lPiE0Tv6MueFFCW4Q_3d_3d

2. Research: Tired Nurses Susceptible to Drowsy Driving (Abstract)
Hospital staff nurses who work extended hours, work at night, struggle to remain awake at work or obtain less sleep are more likely to experience a drowsy driving episode, according to a recent study. http://www.journalsleep.org/ViewAbstract.aspx?citationid=3421

3. Reminder: Paper and Pencil Certification Exam Application Deadline Is Feb. 13
If you’re planning to take the paper and pencil exam for the CCRN, PCCN, CCNS, ACNPC, CMC or CSC at the Spring Trends Conference in April, submit your application to AACN by Feb. 13.
http://web.aacn.org/DesktopModules/Certifications/pages/certifications/general/Trends.aspx

4. Research: Why Some People Are Resilient to Stress, Others Not
Results of a new study may one day help scientists learn how to enhance a naturally occurring mechanism in the brain that promotes resilience to psychological stress. Researchers found that, in a mouse model, the ability to adapt to stress is driven by a distinctly different molecular mechanism than is the tendency to be overwhelmed by stress. The researchers mapped out the mechanisms -- components of which also are present in the human brain -- that govern both kinds of responses.
http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/oct2007/nimh-18.htm

5. Resource: Free Journal Supplement on Nurse Competence in Aging
The November/December 2007 issue of Geriatric Nursing features a special supplement on the results of the Nurse Competence in Aging Initiative. The entire supplement is available online free of charge. http://www.gnjournal.com/issues/contents?issue_key=S0197-4572(07)X0065-X

6. Resource: Patient Safety Toolkit
A toolkit that focuses on patient safety through teamwork and communication is available online.
http://www.safecoms.org/ImplementationToolkit/tabid/567/Default.aspx

7. News: Lawmakers Pass Funding for SCHIP, Nursing Programs
After months of contentious negotiations, Congress passed legislation averting Medicare cuts to advanced practice registered nurses and extending the state children’s health insurance program (SCHIP). The passage of these last remaining bills funds the federal government through the remainder of fiscal year 2008, which began Oct. 1, 2007.
http://nursingworld.org/FunctionalMenuCategories/MediaResources/PressReleases/2007/FundingforSCHIPNursingPrograms.aspx


8. Clinical Practice Resources

AACN HEALTHY WORK ENVIRONMENT STANDARDS
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/hwe.nsf/vwdoc/HWEHomePage

AHRQ WebM&M
http://webmm.ahrq.gov/

Quality Improvement Online
http://www.jcrinc.com/publications.asp?durki=9649

AACN PRACTICE ALERTS
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/practiceAlert.nsf/vwdoc/pa2

AACN’s LISTSERV FOR NURSE MANAGERS
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/NIHMBL/

PATIENT SAFETY ISSUES
Alaris Pump Module- Worldwide Recall Because Units May Contain Misassembled Occluder Springs
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2007/safety07.htm#cardinal

Contour Test Strips- Market Recall Because Specific Lots Could Result In Higher Blood Glucose Results
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2007/safety07.htm#diabetes

Patient Safety Links:
Joint Commission
http://jcrinc.co.mansellgroup.net/UM/T.asp?A2557.25634.1623.1.63602
Medline Plus
http://jcrinc.co.mansellgroup.net/UM/T.asp?A2557.25634.1623.2.63602
National Patient Safety Foundation
http://jcrinc.co.mansellgroup.net/UM/T.asp?A2557.25634.1623.3.63602

Institute for Safe Medication Practices Newsletter
http://www.ismp.org/Newsletters/nursing/default.asp

AHRQ Patient Safety Network
http://psnet.ahrq.gov

GUIDELINES
Prevention and Control of Meningococcal Disease
http://www.guideline.gov/summary/summary.aspx?ss=15&doc_id=12020&nbr=&string=

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
Evolution of Mechanical Ventilation in Response to Clinical Research
http://www.ajrccm.org/cgi/content/abstract/177/2/170?etoc

Comparison of a Radiofrequency-based Wireless Pressure Sensor to Swan-ganz Catheter and Echocardiography for Ambulatory Assessment of Pulmonary Artery Pressure in Heart Failure
http://amedeo.com/p2.php?id=18154961&s=chf

A Retrospective Observational Study of Drotrecogin Alfa (Activated) in Adults With Severe Sepsis: Comparison With a Controlled Clinical Trial
http://content.wkhealth.com/linkback/etoc/pt/abstract.00003246-200801000-00003.htm

Informed Consent in the Critically Ill: A Two-step Approach Incorporating Delirium Screening
http://content.wkhealth.com/linkback/etoc/pt/abstract.00003246-200801000-00013.htm

Increasing Amiodarone Use in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: An Analysis of the National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
http://content.wkhealth.com/linkback/etoc/pt/abstract.00003246-200801000-00017.htm

Early Enteral Supplementation With Key Pharmaconutrients Improves Sequential Organ Failure Assessment Score in Critically Ill Patients With Sepsis: Outcome of a Randomized, Controlled, Double-blind Trial
http://content.wkhealth.com/linkback/etoc/pt/abstract.00003246-200801000-00018.htm

Surviving Sepsis Campaign: 2008 International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock
http://content.wkhealth.com/linkback/etoc/pt/abstract.00003246-200801000-00043.htm

9. AACN Resources

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Reminders:

NTI 2008 Housing Bureau
http://www.aacn.org/NTI/nti07.nsf/vwdoc/PaticipantHousing

Online Certification Exam Registration Available
https://my.aacn.org/ecomtpro/timssnet/certifications/aacn_certifications.cfm

Apply for Grants in Support of Clinical Projects and Research
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/research.nsf/vwdoc/grantSupport

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JOIN AACN
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/Memship.nsf/vwdoc/AACNMembershipTypes&Rates

CAREER CENTER/JOBS
http://www.nursepath.com/

AACN BOOKSTORE
https://my.aacn.org/ecomtpro/timssnet/products/tnt_showprdsplash.cfm

CERTIFICATION
CCRN, CCNS, PCCN, CMC (cardiac medicine) and CSC (cardiac surgery)
http://www.certcorp.org

RESEARCH GRANTS
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/research.nsf/vwdoc/grantSupport

BEACON AWARD FOR CRITICAL CARE EXCELLENCE
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/ICURecog.nsf/vwdoc/MainPage?opendocument

AACN E-LEARNING
http://www.aacn.org/e-learning

EARN CE CREDIT
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/conteduc.nsf/vwdoc/GlobalCEWELCOME

NATIONAL TEACHING INSTITUTE & CRITICAL CARE EXPOSITION
NTI 2008 Chicago, Ill.
http://www.aacn.org/NTI/nti07.nsf/vwdoc/NTI2008

AACN JOURNALS
Critical Care Nurse
http://ccn.aacnjournals.org/

American Journal of Critical Care
http://ajcc.aacnjournals.org/

AACN Advanced Critical Care
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/aacnhome.nsf/vwdoc/AdvCriticalCare

AACN PDA CENTER
http://aacn.pdaorder.com/welcome.xml

AACN LEGISLATIVE ACTION CENTER
http://capwiz.com/criticalcare/home/

STATE BILL TRACKING
http://www.aacn.org/aacn/pubpolcy.nsf/vwdoc/StateBillTracking

NURSING RESEARCH GRANTS
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/research.nsf/vwdoc/grantSupport

PERSONAL RESOURCES FOR MEMBERS
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/Memship.nsf/vwdoc/personalresources

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