Critical Care Newsline — August 4, 2011

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.

Aug. 4, 2011

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1. CALL TO ACTION Apply to take certification exams at TRENDS by Aug. 12
2. CALL TO ACTION AACN grant applications open Sept. 1
3. CALL TO ACTION Nominations open for 2012 AACN Chapter Awards
4. CALL TO ACTION AACN members save money on VitalSmarts workshops
5. EVIDENCE New interactive cardiac risk calculator validated
6. CALL TO ACTION Share certification best practices, qualify as NTI panelist
7. CALL TO ACTION Participate in a survey to help guide critical care nursing education
8. CALL TO ACTION TJC seeks input on proposed pediatric elements of performance
9. CALL TO ACTION Save Nov. 9-12 for AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference
10. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
11. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. CALL TO ACTION Apply to take certification exams at TRENDS by Aug. 12
AACN Certification Corporation will administer CCRN, PCCN, CCNS, ACNPC and CNML specialty exams and the CMC — cardiac medicine — and CSC — cardiac surgery —subspecialty exams at the TRENDS conference in King of Prussia, Pa., the Philadelphia area, Friday, Oct. 7. You must send payment with the special TRENDS exam application, which should both arrive at AACN no later than Friday, Aug. 12. Get more information and download an application.

2. CALL TO ACTION AACN grant applications open Sept. 1
AACN invites clinicians and researchers to apply for its grants. Awards range from $1,500 to $50,000. These grants fund priority projects that address gaps in clinical research and support the translation of these findings to bedside nurses. Applications open Sept. 1 and must be submitted online by Nov. 1. Learn more and get started.

3. CALL TO ACTION Nominations open for 2012 AACN Chapter Awards
Nominate chapters for the 2012 AACN Chapter Awards, which recognize exemplary efforts to make a difference in the healthcare profession and communities and further AACN’s mission, vision and values. The award categories are Excellence in Chapter Collaboration, Excellence in Community Education & Public Service, Excellence in Educational Programming, Excellence in Leadership Development, Excellence in Promoting the Value of Certification and AACN President’s Award for Chapters. Nominations for the AACN President’s Award for Chapters close Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. All other nominations close Tuesday, Nov. 1. Learn more and nominate.

4. CALL TO ACTION AACN members save money on VitalSmarts workshops
AACN members who register for two-day workshops sponsored by VitalSmarts, including “Crucial Conversations,” “Crucial Confrontations” and “Influencer Training,” save 20 percent on the price of each. “Crucial Conversations” offers best practices for high-stakes interactions. “Crucial Confrontations” equips participants with step-by-step processes to identify and resolve performance gaps. “Influencer Training” teaches the ideal combination of strategies and skills designed to create positive, lasting change. Learn more and find a scheduled workshop near you. AACN members must enter the code “AACN20” to receive the discount applied at checkout on the VitalSmarts website.

5. EVIDENCE New interactive cardiac risk calculator validated
Development and Validation of a Risk Calculator for Prediction of Cardiac Risk After Surgery” in July 5’s Circulation concludes, “The cardiac risk calculator provides a risk estimate of perioperative myocardial infarction or cardiac arrest and is anticipated to simplify the informed consent process.”

6. CALL TO ACTION Share certification best practices, qualify as NTI panelist
If your facility or chapter has successfully implemented certification best practices — strategies to encourage, recognize and reward certification — submit your story online by Friday, Sept. 30. AACN Certification Corporation will select the two most innovative practices to be featured during the “Creating a Culture of Certification: Best Practices Roundtable” at the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 19-24, Orlando, Fla. AACN Certification Corporation accepts best-practices submissions year-round, and they are available to view online.

7. CALL TO ACTION Participate in a survey to help guide critical care nursing education
Erica Sciarra, a registered nurse who holds CCRN certification, seeks information to help critical care nurses be successful in their research. Participate in a survey that will help to accurately depict your educational needs. Sciarra will disseminate the results throughout the critical care nursing education community to help organizations tailor their programs to the specific needs of critical care nurses.

8. CALL TO ACTION TJC seeks input on proposed pediatric elements of performance
Comment on proposed new and revised pediatric elements of performance from The Joint Commission (TJC), Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., by Thursday, Aug. 18. Areas identified are “medication management, pain management, patient safety and security, competency specific to the provision of care to pediatric patients, transitioning pediatric patients to adult care, and patient falls,” TJC states.

9. CALL TO ACTION Save Nov. 9-12 for AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference
Do you work in progressive care, including intermediate care, direct observation, stepdown, telemetry, transitional or emergency care? Do you work in a medical-surgical area of a hospital that doesn’t have progressive care? Then mark your calendar for Nov. 9-12 to attend the AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference in Las Vegas. Request a brochure.

10. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety
On July 26, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, Md., warned that methylene blue can cause serious central nervous system reactions — including confusion, hyperactivity and memory problems — when given to patients taking serotonergic drugs. FDA says that methylene blue is a potent monamine oxidase inhibitor and recommends actions for healthcare providers.

Resource
U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), Rockville, Md., develops standards for medicines, dietary supplements and food ingredients; more than 130 countries rely on the standards. Resources for nurses include the USP error finder.

11. AACN RESOURCES
Find jobs at NursePath.com
Are you a recent graduate? Or are you a mid- or senior-career acute or critical care nurse looking to change jobs or locations? Visit NursePath.com, AACN’s online career site, to find employment opportunities in high acuity and critical care across the U.S.

AACN Bold Voices
Even When There’s Chaos — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012

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