Critical Care Newsline — June 2, 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.

June 2, 2011

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1. NEWS Live PCCN Certification Review Webinar starts July 25
2. CALL TO ACTION AACN scholarships available for NALA conference
3. PATIENT SAFETY ISMP issues final guidelines for timely administration of medications
4. CALL TO ACTION Submit NTI evaluation forms for CE, CERP credit by June 3
5. CALL TO ACTION Comment on draft CNS educational standards criteria by June 6
6. NEWS AACN’s message to those experiencing devastation from extreme weather
7. CALL TO ACTION Submit speaker abstracts for NTI 2012 by June 6
8. EVIDENCE Elevated troponin after elective PCI increases mortality, meta-analysis states
9. RESOURCE Free online certification verification available now
10. CALL TO ACTION Participate in a survey about patient ventilator dyssynchrony
11. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
12. AACN RESOURCES Look for jobs at NursePath.com
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1. NEWS Live PCCN Certification Review Webinar starts July 25
Register today for the multi-session PCCN Certification Review Course live webinar. Offering 14.5 contact hours of continuing education credit, the course features practice questions, live polling and text chat with Carol Rauen, an independent clinical nurse specialist and education consultant who presents the webinar. AACN Certification Reviews Online offers this webinar to cover cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurologic, renal, gastrointestinal, multisystem, hematology/immunology, behavioral considerations, the AACN Synergy Model and test-taking tips. Internet access is required to participate alone or with colleagues. Register early as space is limited.

2. CALL TO ACTION AACN scholarships available for NALA conference
Network and build relationships with leaders of large and small nursing organizations at the Nursing Alliance Leadership Academy (NALA), Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, Seelbach Hilton, Louisville, Ky. AACN Continuing Professional Development Scholarships support NALA and other programs that help members enrich their careers and acquire knowledge and skills beyond traditional academic nursing. Register by July 1 to receive a discount for this two-day conference, and visit the NALA website for more information.

3. PATIENT SAFETY ISMP issues final guidelines for timely administration of medications
The Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP), Horsham, Pa., issued its final “Acute Care Guidelines for Timely Administration of Scheduled Medications” after surveying more than 17,500 nurses about the requirement to administer medications 30 minutes before or after their scheduled time from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Baltimore. For now, hospitals need to adhere to the “30-minute rule.” However, “given widespread support for these more reasonable and clinically appropriate guidelines,” ISMP hopes “CMS surveyors will allow hospitals to justify their carefully considered policies and procedures regarding timely medication administration using these guidelines.” Read May’s NurseAdvise-ERR for more information.

4. CALL TO ACTION Submit NTI evaluation forms for CE, CERP credit by June 3
If you attended this year’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), submit evaluation forms online or by mobile phone for continuing education (CE) and CERP credit by Friday, June 3, 11:59 p.m. PDT. You must complete both program and session evaluations to receive credit. After June 3, you may only print your certificate.

5. CALL TO ACTION Comment on draft CNS educational standards criteria by June 6
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Philadelphia, invites clinical nurse specialists (CNS) to comment on the draft document “Criteria for the Evaluation of Clinical Nurse Specialist Master’s, Practice Doctorate, and Post-Master’s Certificate Educational Programs” to help guide the development, implementation and evaluation of CNS programs in the U.S. Complete the short online survey by 5 p.m. EDT, Monday, June 6.

6. NEWS AACN’s message to those experiencing devastation from extreme weather
As areas within the U.S. continue to experience extreme weather conditions, tragically causing fatalities and injuries to thousands of residents, access information on how to donate, volunteer and check on loved ones.

7. CALL TO ACTION Submit speaker abstracts for NTI 2012 by June 6
Be an essential part of the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition. Submit an abstract for an NTI Live Educational Session for NTI 2012 through Monday, June 6. Read the new submission guidelines.

8. EVIDENCE Elevated troponin after elective PCI increases mortality, meta-analysis states
Patients with elevated troponin levels incur higher all-cause mortality after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) than those with no elevation, according to “Prognostic Value of Cardiac Troponin-I or Troponin-T Elevation Following Nonemergent Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Meta-analysis.” Routine monitoring of troponin and more intensive treatment of patients with increased levels “may help to improve the long-term adverse outcomes in these patients following non-emergent PCI,” concludes the analysis of 22 studies of 22,353 patients in June’s Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.

9. RESOURCE Free online certification verification available now
Certificants, employers, verification agencies and consumers may obtain free online verification of certification for CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CCNS, ACNPC, CMC and CSC credentials. Verifications do not contain information that violates certificant confidentiality. If you have questions, contact AACN Customer Care by email or at (800) 899-2226. Inactive, alumnus and retired status is also included.

10. CALL TO ACTION Participate in a survey about patient ventilator dyssynchrony
Are you a practicing nurse who cares for mechanically ventilated patients? Nurse researchers at the University of Pittsburgh invite you to participate in an anonymous, secure online survey about assessing and managing patients who experience mismatched patient-ventilator breaths. All nurses with varying levels of expertise in mechanical ventilation are encouraged to participate. This survey should take about 20 minutes to complete.

11. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Guidelines

Access “Pressure Ulcer Prevention Recommendations” and “Pressure Ulcer Treatment Recommendations” from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, Washington, D.C., and the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, Oxford, U.K.

12. AACN RESOURCES
Look for jobs at NursePath.com
Visit NursePath.com, AACN’s online career site, to find employment opportunities in high acuity and critical care across the U.S.

NTI 2011 webcasts, abstracts
See select sessions from the 2011 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) for the first time or relive the experience. Access 2011 NTI webcasts. Free continuing education credit is available for most webcasts including “Bad Bugs: Clostridium Difficile Infection” and “Oh, Grandma, What a Very Big Medication List You Have: Toxidromes Every Critical Care Nurse Should Know.” May’s American Journal of Critical Care contains the “2011 National Teaching Institute Research Abstracts.”

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