Critical Care Newsline — June 16, 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 16, 2011

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1. CALL TO ACTION USCIITG annual fall meeting in November
2. EVIDENCE NPs as safe and effective as medicine residents in ICU, study states
3. CALL TO ACTION Live PCCN Certification Review webinar starts July 25
4. CALL TO ACTION Johns Hopkins offers funding for CV nurse researchers
5. RESOURCE Free online certification verification available
6. CALL TO ACTION Submit video to be guest emcee at NTI 2012
7. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
8. AACN RESOURCES Look for jobs at Nursepath.com
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1. CALL TO ACTION USCIITG annual fall meeting in November
Attend the annual fall meeting of the U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group (USCIITG) — a group that facilitates collaboration among experts to promote clinical trials in critically ill or injured patients, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 8 and 9, Bethesda, Md. Committed to establishing a critical care research consortium, USCIITG supported AACN’s 2009 efforts with the Critical Care Societies Collaborative to develop clinical management guidelines for sepsis as part of the 2009 Surviving Sepsis Campaign. For more information, contact Kellie Keane, administrative coordinator, at (617) 643-7386 or email usciitgroup@partners.org.

2. EVIDENCE NPs as safe and effective as medicine residents in ICU, study states
Nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants, who provide daytime coverage for a medical ICU, have no significant difference in patient hospital mortality or length of stay compared with medicine residents, according to June’s CHEST. Use of nonphysician providers appears to be “a safe and effective alternative to the traditional house staff-based team in a high-acuity, adult ICU,” concludes “Impact of Nonphysician Staffing on Outcomes in a Medical ICU.”

3. 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 Carol Rauen, an independent clinical nurse specialist and education consultant who presents the webinar. 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.

4. 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 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 annually from applicants to the school’s Ph.D. program. Contact Jerilyn Allen to apply or for more information.

5. 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.

6. CALL TO ACTION Submit video to be guest emcee at NTI 2012
Have you ever given a great toast at a wedding? Announced a raffle winner at a party, read poetry out loud at a café or simply asked a question in front of peers at a meeting or in class? Then you might just be a candidate for a guest emcee role at the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI). Submit a video telling us why you’d make a great guest emcee at NTI 2012. Selected guest emcees receive a complimentary main conference registration, airfare and lodging at NTI in Orlando, Fla.

7. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety

June’s Nurse Advise-ERR, published by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), Horsham, Pa., discusses how to prevent accidental IV infusion of breast milk in neonates. Another article alerts nurses that the CATAPRES-TTS (transdermal therapeutic system) has both a clonidine and cover patch with no active medication. In some cases, only the cover patch has been applied, so patients didn’t receive any medication. Subscribe to the free monthly newsletter or read the archives, which ISMP updates each month.

Guidelines
Access “Indications for Cardiac Catheterization and Intervention in Pediatric Cardiac Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association,” published online May 2 by Circulation.

8. 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
View webcasts of select sessions from the 2011 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) for the first time or relive the experience. Free continuing education credit is available for most webcasts including “Hemorrhagic Stroke: Aggressive Management and Optimal Outcomes” and “Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome: Children in Crisis.” May’s American Journal of Critical Care contains the “2011 National Teaching Institute Research Abstracts.”

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

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