Critical Care Newsline — March 17, 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.

March 17, 2011

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1. CALL TO ACTION ‘Silent Treatment’— five-year follow-up to ‘Silence Kills’— March 22
2. NEWS AACN Certification Corporation to launch CCRN-E initial certification in April
3. CALL TO ACTION Voting Continues for AACN Board of Directors, Nominating Committee
4. CALL TO ACTION Celebrate Certified Nurses Day, March 19
5. NEWS AACN funds scholarships for 16 NIWI attendees
6. CALL TO ACTION Register for NTI
7. SHOW YOUR NTI SPIRIT Wear your NTI Stand Tall T-shirt to opening session
8. EVIDENCE Nurse-driven UTI checklist reduces UTIs
9. EVIDENCE Study finds strategies to reduce SWIs after pediatric congenital cardiac surgery
10. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
11. AACN RESOURCES AACN Resources on the Go

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1. CALL TO ACTION ‘Silent Treatment’— five-year follow-up to ‘Silence Kills’— March 22
AACN, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and VitalSmarts present “Silent Treatment: Why Safety Tools and Checklists Aren’t Enough to Save Lives” on Tuesday, March 22. Listen as healthcare experts discuss the results of the five-year follow-up to the groundbreaking “Silence Kills.” Visit www.vitalsmarts.com/healthcare for more information and to register for this free, live, virtual event.

2. NEWS AACN Certification Corporation to launch CCRN-E initial certification in April
Visit www.aacn.org/certification to learn about AACN Certification Corporation’s initial certification exam for nurses who work in tele-ICUs — remote intensive care units or virtual ICUs — coming in April. Successful exam completion results in the CCRN-E credential for tele-ICU nurses, who monitor live patients from behind a camera from a remote location to identify trends in patient data and instability, and communicate with bedside clinicians.

3. CALL TO ACTION Voting Continues for AACN Board of Directors, Nominating Committee
Don’t miss this opportunity to stand tall for nursing’s future and cast your vote for the FY2012-14 AACN Board of Directors and FY2012 Nominating Committee. Voting, a fundamental member privilege, keeps our nursing community strong and ensures that AACN fulfills its promise to patients and their families. To review candidate profiles, access the March issue of AACN Bold Voices or www.aacn.org/election. There, you can also vote.

4. CALL TO ACTION Celebrate Certified Nurses Day, March 19
AACN and AACN Certification Corporation join the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Silver Spring, Md., as coalition members to support Certified Nurses Day, Saturday, March 19. The annual worldwide event honors nurses who contribute to better patient outcomes through national certification in their specialty. Visit www.aacn.org/certification to learn about the certification programs offered by AACN Certification Corporation and www.certifiednursesday.org to learn about Certified Nurses Day.

5. NEWS AACN funds scholarships for 16 NIWI attendees
For the second year in a row, AACN’s Continuing Professional Development Scholarships program helped clinicians attend the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program, Washington, D.C. Thanks to AACN’s program, 16 nurses joined caregivers from around the country to gain firsthand knowledge of the health legislative process and meet with Capitol Hill representatives at the highly regarded three-day event. AACN’s Continuing Professional Development Scholarships enrich the lives and careers of members, helping them acquire knowledge and skills beyond degree coursework. To learn more about opportunities supported by AACN’s scholarship program, visit www.aacn.org/scholarships.

6. CALL TO ACTION Register for NTI
The 2011 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), which takes place Saturday, April 30, through Thursday, May 5, in Chicago, is only about six weeks away. Enjoy this unique opportunity to renew your practice and accelerate your professional growth with new knowledge from national experts in high acuity and critical care. Register today.

7. SHOW YOUR NTI SPIRIT Wear your NTI Stand Tall T-shirt to opening session
Order your official NTI 2011 T-shirt before they sell out. Buying in advance saves you money. Proceeds from all T-shirt sales benefit host chapters Greater Chicago Area Chapter, Southwest Chicago Chapter and Northwest Chicago Area Chapter. Let’s stand tall together at the opening session Monday, May 2, which features AACN President Kristine Peterson.

8. EVIDENCE Nurse-driven UTI checklist reduces UTIs
A daily checklist for starting and continuing urinary catheters reduced urinary tract infections (UTIs) according to “Evaluation of an Evidence-Based, Nurse-Driven Checklist to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in Intensive Care Units.” The number of catheter days decreased in two of five adults, states the study in April/June’s Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

9. EVIDENCE Study finds strategies to reduce SWIs after pediatric congenital cardiac surgery
Sternal Wound Infections (SWIs) in Pediatric Congenital Cardiac Surgery: A Survey of Incidence and Preventative Practice” reports that taking mediastinal wound cultures at the time of closure and using a glucose management protocol postoperatively reduces SWIs. The study’s 89 congenital heart programs had a 1.5 percent incidence of SWI according to March’s Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

10. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety
On March 2, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., warned that taking proton pump inhibitors for more than a year can cause low magnesium levels. FDA provided several recommendations for healthcare professionals.

Resource
Access a new user’s guide from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., that provides practical information on the dimensions of the agency’s Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture.

Evidence
April/June’s Journal of Nursing Care Quality includes “Effects of Nursing Care and Staff Skill Mix on Patient Outcomes Within Acute Care Nursing Units,” which states, “Nursing administrators should not only evaluate the impact staffing decisions have on patient outcomes at the hospital level but also examine these relationships at the unit level.”

11. AACN RESOURCES
AACN Resources on the Go
Do you own a smartphone? Take AACN’s mobile resources with you. Featured items include Pocket Reference Cards, the adult CCRN Mobile Review Course and special critical care tool bundles.

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.

Stand Tall: AACN Bold Voices
The Dark Side — Kristine Peterson, AACN President 2010-2011

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