Critical Care Newsline — February 3, 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.

February 3, 2011

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1. ANNOUNCEMENT January-March AACN Advanced Critical Care focuses on certification
2. TV BROADCAST Barbara Walters open-heart surgery special airs Feb. 4
3. CALL TO ACTION Share your story with Bertice Berry by Feb. 11
4. EVIDENCE Delayed ICU admission increases mortality
5. CALL TO ACTION Register for NTI by March 17 and save on main conference
6. CALL TO ACTION Survey on ICU nurses and EOL decision making
7. CALL TO ACTION Register for National Nursing Ethics Conference
8. CALL TO ACTION Apply to attend AONE’s Aspiring Nurse Leader Institute
9. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
10. AACN RESOURCES One month down …

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1. ANNOUNCEMENT January-March AACN Advanced Critical Care focuses on certification
The January-March issue of AACN Advanced Critical Care, which will be available soon, features a symposium series focused on the benefits of certification for clinicians and best practices to encourage a culture of certification within teams of critical care professionals.

2. TV BROADCAST Barbara Walters open-heart surgery special airs Feb. 4
Half a million people undergo surgery for heart disease, which kills more women than men. Tune in to ABC-TV this Friday, Feb. 4, 10 p.m. ET, for “A Barbara Walters Special: A Matter of Life and Death,” a 20/20 special, when Barbara Walters, Bill Clinton, Regis Philbin and other celebrities will discuss intimate details of their experience with heart surgery. Then, visit facebook.com/aacnface to discuss: As a prime time special for a consumer audience, where was the show on target? Where did it miss the mark?

3. CALL TO ACTION Share your story with Bertice Berry by Feb. 11
Bertice Berry, popular emcee and keynote speaker at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, is working on a new book about the lives of nurses. The best-selling author invites you to share your story to illuminate the public about the often misunderstood and unknown contributions nurses make to patients and their families and to the overall healthcare system. To share your most memorable moment as a nurse for possible inclusion in Bertice’s book, e-mail your story to bertice@aol.com by Feb. 11. Please save your work as a Word document of up to three pages.

4. EVIDENCE Delayed ICU admission increases mortality
Delayed admission to the ICU increases mortality according to a study of 401 patients published online Jan. 18 by Critical Care. “Each hour of waiting was independently associated with a 1.5% increased risk of ICU death,” states “Impact of Delayed Admission to Intensive Care Units on Mortality of Critically Ill Patients: A Cohort Study,” which concludes that early ICU admission “is more likely to produce positive outcomes.”

5. CALL TO ACTION Register for NTI by March 17 and save on main conference
Save money. Register now for the 2011 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Chicago, which takes place Saturday, April 30 through Thursday, May 5. Let’s join together as a community of exceptional nurses to experience more than 500 education sessions, networking and inspirational general sessions. Early bird registration ends March 17.

6. CALL TO ACTION Survey on ICU nurses and EOL decision making
Participate in “Nurses’ Involvement in End-of-Life (EOL) Decision-Making in the Intensive Care Unit” — a research study on the prevalence and predictors of ICU nurses’ active involvement in EOL decision making. Complete both parts (decision involvement and demographics) of the online survey and opt to participate in a “thank you” drawing for a $150 Visa gift card.

7. CALL TO ACTION Register for National Nursing Ethics Conference
The National Nursing Ethics Conference, which takes place March 24-25 in Los Angeles, provides nurses with information on how to balance their values and those of the profession with appropriate goals of care, limited resources, professional responsibility and advocacy as stated in the Code of Ethics for Nurses by the American Nurses Association, Alexandria, Va. The conference also provides a platform for practicing nurses to share their experiences with one another.

8. CALL TO ACTION Apply to attend AONE’s Aspiring Nurse Leader Institute
The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) holds its semiannual Aspiring Nurse Leader Institute Monday, June 20 through Thursday, June 23 in Indianapolis. Apply for an AACN Continuing Professional Development Scholarship to attend. Qualified applicants must be current members of both AACN and AONE. Visit AACN’s special interest scholarships page for eligibility details, application requirements and to learn more about other AACN special interest scholarships that help members attend evidence-based nursing practice programs.

9. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Evidence

Enhanced cleaning decreases methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) contamination in the ICU environment and on nurses’ and doctors’ hands but has no significant effect on patients getting MRSA, according to “The Impact of Enhanced Cleaning Within the Intensive Care Unit on Contamination of the Near-patient Environment With Hospital Pathogens: A Randomized Crossover Study in Critical Care Units in Two Hospitals,” published online Jan. 14 by Critical Care Medicine.

Guidelines
In January, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., released two guideline syntheses for pressure ulcers. “Management of Pressure Ulcers” compares guidelines from the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Toronto; and the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN), Mt. Laurel, N.J. “Prevention of Pressure Ulcers” compares the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York, and WOCN guidelines.

10. AACN RESOURCES
One month down
One month down, 11 to go. AACN offers resources to help you stay on track with your New Year’s resolutions. Whether you want to achieve mental balance, get fit, improve work performance or gain inner strength, browse our wellness products at www.aacn.org/newyou.

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Stand Tall: AACN Bold Voices
Then I tripped. — Kristine Peterson, AACN President 2010-2011

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