Critical Care Newsline — June 9, 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 9, 2011

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1. NEWS CMS will stop paying for Medicaid ‘never events’ in July 2012
2. EVIDENCE Tele-ICU reduces mortality, LOS, states JAMA study
3. CALL TO ACTION 2012 AACN Circle of Excellence award nominations open
4. NEWS AACN members receive discount on VitalSmarts workshops
5. CALL TO ACTION Live PCCN Certification Review webinar starts July 25
6. NEWS Access AACN’s message to those devastated by extreme weather
7. CALL TO ACTION Johns Hopkins offers funding for CV nurse researchers
8. RESOURCE Free online certification verification available
9. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
10. AACN RESOURCES Look for jobs at NursePath.com
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1. NEWS CMS will stop paying for Medicaid ‘never events’ in July 2012
On June 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Baltimore, announced its decision to stop paying hospitals and healthcare providers for “never events” — preventable healthcare-acquired conditions — in Medicaid patients, effective July 1, 2012. Currently, about 21 states have a nonpayment policy according to Kaiser Health News. CMS has not paid for preventable events in Medicare patients since 2008.

2. EVIDENCE Tele-ICU reduces mortality, LOS, states JAMA study
A study published online May 16 by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) associates an adult tele-ICU in an academic medical center with reduced mortality and hospital length of stay (LOS). The tele-ICU was also associated with “changes in best practice adherence and lower rates of preventable complications,” concludes “Hospital Mortality, Length of Stay, and Preventable Complications Among Critically Ill Patients Before and After Tele-ICU Reengineering of Critical Care Processes.”

3. CALL TO ACTION 2012 AACN Circle of Excellence award nominations open
Nominate peers and colleagues for the 2012 AACN Circle of Excellence awards, which recognize acute and critical care nurses who make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Up to 25 recipients will be selected by Dec. 31 and inducted into the Circle of Excellence Society. Nominations close Monday, Aug. 1. Learn more and nominate.

4. NEWS AACN members receive discount 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 off the $995 price of each. VitalSmarts, a developer of training and organizational performance products and services in Provo, Utah, partnered with AACN and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses on the recent study “The Silent Treatment: Why Safety Tools and Checklists Aren’t Enough to Save Lives,” a five-year follow-up to “Silence Kills: The Seven Crucial Conversations for Healthcare” that resulted in the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments and hweteamtool.org to align clinical performance with the standards. To learn more and find a scheduled workshop near you, visit www.vitalsmarts.com. AACN members enter the code “AACN20” to receive the discount applied at checkout on the VitalSmarts website.

5. CALL TO ACTION 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 presenter Carol Rauen, an independent clinical nurse specialist and education consultant. AACN Certification Reviews Online offers this webinar, which covers 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.

6. NEWS Access AACN’s message to those devastated by extreme weather
Areas in the U.S. have experienced 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 Johns Hopkins offers funding for CV nurse researchers
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, will provide tuition fees, a stipend and an allowance to four pre-doctoral students, selected each year, whose research focuses on cardiovascular (CV) health. Candidates for the Interdisciplinary Training in Cardiovascular Research Program, funded by a five-year grant from National Institute of Nursing Research, Bethesda, Md., will be selected from applicants to the school’s PhD program. Contact Jerilyn Allen to apply or for more information.

8. RESOURCE Free online certification verification available
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.

9. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety
On May 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Md., recommended not feeding the product SimplyThick to infants born before 37 weeks’ gestation, because it may cause necrotizing enterocolitis.

10. 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 “Post-Operative Respiratory Failure: But Their Lungs Were Fine Before the OR” and “12 Lead EKG Boot Camp Series: Using Case Studies to Interpret Ischemia, Injury and Infarction.” May’s American Journal of Critical Care contains “2011 National Teaching Institute Research Abstracts.”

AACN Bold Voices
A Great Mosaic — Kristine Peterson, AACN President 2010-2011

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