Critical Care Newsline — October 7, 2010

Critical Care Newsline, the electronic newsletter from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, contains information selected just for you by our clinical practice experts. In each issue, you’ll find links to resources, research abstracts (individual sites may require registration and a fee to access complete articles) and websites that will keep you informed on issues affecting nurses and the nursing profession.

October 7, 2010

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1. NEWS New AJCC physician co-editor named
2. NEWS Top seven hospital-based quality improvement programs selected
3. NEWS AACN selects 2011 Distinguished Research Lectureship Award recipient
4. NEWS IOM, RWJF ‘Future of Nursing’ report released Oct. 5
5. NEWS VA’s historic regulation on Gulf War illnesses for Iraq, Afghanistan veterans
6. EVIDENCE Delivery style doesn’t affect discrepancies in prognosis understanding
7. CALL TO ACTION Register for the first AONE Nurse Manager Institute webinar
8. CALL TO ACTION CNML review course offered in November
9. NEWS AACN members receive discount on ultrasound course
10. CALL TO ACTION Apply for AACN’s NIWI scholarship by Nov. 1
11. RESOURCE AACN’s latest procedure manual presents an easy-to-use format
12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
13. AACN RESOURCES Top-selling mobile pocket cards, 30 percent off
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1. NEWS New AJCC physician co-editor named
AACN recently appointed Richard H. Savel, physician co-editor of American Journal of Critical Care, its official interdisciplinary, evidence-based journal. Savel — medical co-director of the surgical intensive care unit at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y. — serves as director of critical care education for the center. Board certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine and neurocritical care, he holds an academic appointment as associate professor of clinical medicine and neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, N.Y., where he serves as medical director of its critical care physician assistant residency program.

2. NEWS Top seven hospital-based quality improvement programs selected
The Hospital Care Collaborative (HCC) — an alliance of six leading professional societies with a shared vision of improving hospital-based patient care — recently took initial steps to identify best practices in quality improvement programs with presentations from seven of the most effective programs in the country. HCC member organizations, including AACN, selected seven hospital team leaders from hundreds of submissions to present their hospital-based quality improvement programs, each employing teams of multiple health professionals.

3. NEWS AACN selects 2011 Distinguished Research Lectureship award recipient
AACN recently selected Marjorie “Marge” Funk, a professor at Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn., as the 30th recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Research Lectureship award. Established in 1982 and now funded by a grant from Philips Healthcare, Andover, Mass., the award recognizes nurses whose research programs significantly influence high acuity and critical care. Funk’s research focuses on the wise use of technology in the care of critically ill patients with heart disease. She presents her groundbreaking research during AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Chicago, Saturday, April 30, through Thursday, May 5, 2011.

4. NEWS IOM, RWJF release ‘Future of Nursing’ report Oct. 5
Nurses’ roles, responsibilities and education must change to meet increased healthcare demands and get scope of practice barriers removed according to “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” released Oct. 5 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Washington, D.C., and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Princeton, N.J. Based on a two-year initiative, the report calls for residency training of nurses, an 80 percent increase in bachelor’s-prepared nurses by 2020 and double the number of nurses with doctorates. Chair Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami, Fla., and Vice Chair Dr. Linda Burnes Bolton, vice president for nursing, chief nursing officer and director of nursing research, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, say the education that nurses receive “must better prepare them to deliver patient-centered, equitable, safe, high-quality healthcare services; engage with physicians and other healthcare professionals to deliver efficient and effective care; and assume leadership roles in the redesign of the healthcare system.”

5. NEWS VA’s historic regulation on Gulf War illnesses for Iraq, Afghanistan veterans
On Sept. 28, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA), Washington, D.C., published a final regulation that makes it easier for veterans who served in Southwest Asia, including Iraq and Afghanistan, to obtain VA healthcare benefits. “This is part of historic changes in how VA considers Gulf War Veterans’ illnesses,” says VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. The regulation reflects “a determination of a positive association between service in Southwest Asia or Afghanistan and nine diseases,” the VA states. Access more information on Gulf War veterans’ illnesses and how to apply for disability compensation

6. EVIDENCE Delivery style doesn’t affect discrepancies in prognosis understanding
A Randomized Trial of Two Methods to Disclose Prognosis to Surrogate Decision Makers in Intensive Care Units” in October’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine finds neither “numeric nor qualitative statements reliably convey news of a poor prognosis to surrogates” in ICUs, and “many surrogates do not view physicians’ prognostications as absolutely accurate.” The study of 169 decision makers adds, “Factors other than ineffective communication may contribute to physician-surrogate discordance about prognosis.”

7. CALL TO ACTION Register for the first AONE Nurse Manager Institute Webinar
Register for the first Nurse Manager Institute webinar series from the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Washington, D.C., which takes place Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics include How to Manage and Resolve Conflict in a Health Environment; Conversations with Difficult Employees; Finances and the Nurse Manager — Making the Business Case and Situational Leadership — Matching Your Leadership to the Needs of Your Staff.

8. CALL TO ACTION CNML review course offered in November
Join fellow nurse managers and leaders for the CNML Review Course, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 1-2, at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport. Presented by AACN and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the 11-hour course includes case studies and dialogue. AACN and AONE members receive discounted tuition. Learn more or contact cnmlreview@aacn.org.

9. NEWS AACN members receive discount on ultrasound course
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), Laurel, Md., offers AACN members the AIUM nonphysician member registration rate for the course, “Cutting-Edge Applications for Point-of-Care Ultrasound,” which takes place Nov. 6-7 before AIUM’s Ultrasound Practice Forum 2010, Orlando. The course focuses on critical care, anesthesia and emergency medicine. AACN will participate in the forum. Learn more and register.

10. CALL TO ACTION Apply for AACN’s NIWI scholarship by Nov. 1
For the second year, AACN offers scholarships for the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program — sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance — Sunday, March 13, to Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The three-day internship teaches healthcare professionals how to advance healthcare agendas on local, state and national levels through legislative processes. Applicants must be AACN members and accepted by the NIWI program. The deadline is Nov. 1. Learn more at www.nursing-alliance.org and www.aacn.org/niwi.

11. RESOURCE AACN’s latest procedure manual presents an easy-to-use format
Visit AACN’s Online Bookstore to buy the updated “AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care.” First published in 1980, the sixth edition of this 1,312-page manual presents easy-to-use illustrated procedures for critical care nurses. A special tabular format identifies considerations and rationales for interventions, while clearly identified advanced practice procedures let nurses quickly judge procedure scope and practice. AACN members receive a discount for this new compendium.

12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient safety
On Sept. 24, Amgen, Thousand Oaks, Calif., and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., announced a voluntary recall of certain lots of Epogen and Procrit (Epoetin alfa) vials, because they “may contain extremely thin glass flakes (lamellae) that are barely visible.”

13. AACN RESOURCES
Top-selling mobile pocket cards, 30 percent off
Buy six top-selling pocket cards for your iPhone or iPod Touch at a 30 percent discount at AACN’s Mobile Resource Center. These mobile pocket cards provide a ready reference at the point of care and include Cardiac Medications Pocket Reference, Cardiovascular Assessment Pocket Reference, Hemodynamic Management Pocket Reference, Laboratory Values Pocket Reference, Patient/Family Guide Conference Pocket Reference and Sepsis Management Pocket Reference. Offer ends Oct. 31.

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