Critical Care Newsline — August 11, 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. 11, 2011

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1. CALL TO ACTION Participate in U.S. Pharmacopeia study of med labels
2. NEWS Call for NTI 2012 poster abstracts opens Aug. 19
3. CALL TO ACTION Join world-famous Nurses’ Health Study
4. CALL TO ACTION Nominate an ‘Amazing Nurse’ for Johnson & Johnson contest
5. CALL TO ACTION Register to take certification exams at TRENDS by Aug. 12
6. EVIDENCE ASPMN releases new guidelines for procedural pain management
7. EVIDENCE Evidence-based practices for reducing ICU delirium
8. EVIDENCE Transitional program reduces readmissions for HF patients
9. CALL TO ACTION AACN grant applications open Sept. 1
10. CALL TO ACTION Share certification best practices, qualify as NTI panelist
11. CALL TO ACTION TJC seeks input on proposed pediatric elements of performance
12. CALL TO ACTION Register for AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference
13. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
14. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. CALL TO ACTION Participate in U.S. Pharmacopeia study of med labels
Complete a confidential survey, sponsored by U.S. Pharmacopeia, Rockville, Md., to help improve safe use of injectable drug products. This brief survey asks about usage and disposal terms on injectable medication vial labels and should take about 10 minutes to complete.

2. NEWS Call for NTI 2012 poster abstracts opens Aug. 19
Be an essential part of the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) — Saturday, May 19, to Thursday, May 24, in Orlando, Fla. — as a poster participant. Submit poster abstracts from Aug. 19-Sept. 19.

3. CALL TO ACTION Join world-famous Nurses’ Health Study
Were you born after Jan. 1, 1965? Join Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) 3 — designed for you to learn about nutrition, physical activity and medication use to improve women’s health and quality of life. NHS 3 builds on the two previous Nurses’ Health Studies, which enrolled more than 236,000 women combined. Started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, these studies are among the largest and longest-running investigations of factors that influence women’s health.

4. CALL TO ACTION Nominate an ‘Amazing Nurse’ for Johnson & Johnson contest
The Campaign for Nursing’s Future, supported by Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J., invites nominations for “amazing nurses” who make a difference in people’s lives. One grand prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to Los Angeles and two VIP tickets to attend the 2011 CNN Heroes: All-Star Tribute live broadcast. Johnson & Johnson will feature the winner in a television commercial. Finalists and semifinalists will appear on the Amazing Nurses contest website. Learn more and nominate by Sept. 11.

5. CALL TO ACTION Register 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.

6. EVIDENCE ASPMN releases new guidelines for procedural pain management
June’s Pain Management Nursing contains “Procedural Pain Management: A Position Statement With Clinical Practice Recommendations” from the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), Lenexa, Kan.

7. EVIDENCE Evidence-based practices for reducing ICU delirium
July/September’s AACN Advanced Critical Care contains “Delirium in the Intensive Care Unit: Assessment and Management,” which describes an interdisciplinary care model that combines evidence-based practice strategies for help in reducing “modifiable delirium risk factors.” It includes an overview of recent reports about pharmacologic management of the condition in the ICU.

8. EVIDENCE Transitional program reduces readmissions for HF patients
Effectiveness and Cost of a Transitional Care Program for Heart Failure (HF): A Prospective Study With Concurrent Controls” suggests the program reduces 30-day readmission rates, underscoring “the potential of the intervention to be effective in a real-world setting.” However, the study, in July 25’s Archives of Internal Medicine, says payment reform may be necessary “for the intervention to be financially sustainable by hospitals.”

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. CALL TO ACTION Register 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 register for the AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Nov. 9-12, Las Vegas. Preconferences include “Cardiac and Vasoactive Medications” and “Cardiac Monitoring Essentials for Progressive Care.” Download a brochure and register by Sept. 30 to receive tuition discounts.

13. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient safety
On Aug. 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., announced American Regent, Inc., Shirley, N.Y., has recalled multiple lots of Vasopressin Injection, because some vials may not maintain potency throughout their shelf life.

Resource
January’s Online Journal of Issues in Nursing focuses on Compassion Fatigue: Caregivers at Risk and includes “Compassion Fatigue: A Nurse’s Primer.”
 

14. 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

Quote of the Week
“Continuous learning demands curiosity, and curiosity is the threshold to gaining insight.” — Mary Fran Tracy, in “A Daybook for Critical Care Nurses

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