Critical Care Newsline — October 13, 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.

Oct. 13, 2011

********************************************
1. CALL TO ACTION Apply for an AACN Washington Health Policy Scholarship by Oct. 17
2. NEWS NONPF statement outlines differences between acute and primary care NPs
3. RESOURCE AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Nov. 9-12, Las Vegas
4. RESOURCE HHS releases video simulated-training program to prevent HAIs
5. NEWS Strategies for improving long-term outcomes for ICU patients and families
6. EVIDENCE CPOT effective when turning patients who are on mechanical ventilation
7. CALL TO ACTION Participate in survey about RNs and work/family responsibilities
8. RESOURCE SCCM hosts webcast Oct. 18 on roles of ICU advanced practice providers
9. CALL TO ACTION Submit AACN grant applications by Nov. 1
10. CALL TO ACTION Comment on revised ‘ANA Principles for Nurse Staffing’
12. CALL TO ACTION Nominations open for 2012 AACN Chapter Awards
13. MEMBER BENEFIT New edition of best-selling book ‘Crucial Conversations’ available
14. MEMBER BENEFIT Free enrollment in ChangeAnything.com for one year
15. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
16. AACN RESOURCES Jobs at NursePath.com
********************************************

1. CALL TO ACTION Apply for an AACN Washington Health Policy Scholarship by Oct. 17
For the third year, AACN is offering scholarships for the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program — Sunday, Feb. 26, to Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance, the three-day internship teaches clinicians how to advance healthcare agendas through the legislative process. Applicants must be AACN members and accepted by the NIWI program. Deadline: Monday, Oct. 17.

2. NEWS NONPF statement outlines differences between acute and primary care NPs
In September, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), Washington, D.C., released “Statement on Acute Care and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Practice,” which provides the NP-educator perspective on the distinctions and overlap of practice by acute and primary care nurse practitioners. The statement — posted as a resource for the LACE (licensure, accreditation, certification and education) virtual community, NP educators and others — responds to questions generated from the 2008 “Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education.”

3. RESOURCE AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Nov. 9-12, Las Vegas
Is your clinical unit called stepdown, intermediate, telemetry, transitional, subacute, direct observation or even the emergency department? Is it a med-surg unit that receives patients directly from the ICU? Then register for the AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Nov. 9-12, Las Vegas. Sessions include “Myths Versus Realities: Do We Really Know How to Oxygenate Our Patients?” and “Life-Threatening Coagulopathies.” Download a brochure and register.

4. RESOURCE HHS releases video simulated-training program to prevent HAIs
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers a computer-based video simulated-training program on infection control practices. “Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)” highlights effective communication and ideas to keep patients from getting sicker. Users assume the identity of five main characters — a physician, an RN, an infection preventionist, a patient’s family member and a third-year medical student — to gauge their decisions about preventing HAIs.

5. NEWS Strategies for improving long-term outcomes for ICU patients and families
Improving Long-term Outcomes After Discharge From Intensive Care Unit: Report From a Stakeholders’ Conference” summarizes strategies for three major themes: 1) education and raising awareness; 2) addressing barriers to practice; and 3) identifying research gaps and resources. Participants at a two-day conference on patient and family outcomes hosted by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Mount Prospect, Ill, identified these themes. Participants also recommended use of a “postintensive care syndrome” to describe “new or worsening problems in physical, cognitive, or mental health status arising after a critical illness and persisting beyond acute care hospitalization,” states the report, published online Sept. 22 by Critical Care Medicine.

6. EVIDENCE CPOT effective when turning patients who are on mechanical ventilation
The Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT) is effective for assessing pain when turning patients who are on mechanical ventilation, according to a study of 96 patients in the July-August Nursing in Critical Care. The results also “highlight the need to administer additional analgesia before a painful procedure, particularly in post-surgical patients,” states “Pain Assessment in Turning Procedures for Patients With Invasive Mechanical Ventilation.”

7. CALL TO ACTION Participate in survey about RNs and work/family responsibilities
You are invited to participate in an online survey about RNs who manage both work and family responsibilities. Doctoral student Leanne Clark-Shirley from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, requests your answers to questions about your job, co-workers and whether you help to care for older family members or friends. You must be an RN and a current member of AACN to participate. This important, confidential survey will help AACN and other nursing organizations better understand how RNs find a balance between work and family needs. Everyone who participates is eligible for a drawing for one of three $50 Amazon.com e-gift cards. Take the survey.

8. RESOURCE SCCM hosts webcast Oct. 18 on roles of ICU advanced practice providers
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Mount Prospect, Ill., is offering the webcast “Clarifying Roles of Advanced Practice Providers in the ICU” Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. Central.

9. CALL TO ACTION Submit AACN grant applications by Nov. 1
AACN invites clinicians and researchers to apply for AACN research grants, which range from $1,500 to $50,000 in awards. These grants fund priority projects that address gaps in clinical research and support the translation of these findings to bedside nurses. Apply by Tuesday, Nov. 1.

10. CALL TO ACTION Comment on revised ‘ANA Principles for Nurse Staffing’
The American Nurses Association (ANA) invites public comment on a proposed revision to “ANA Principles for Nurse Staffing.” Your feedback as a nurse is instrumental in this important work. Download the revision, and give your feedback on the comment form. Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 3. If you have questions, contact Katie Brewer at ANA.

11. RESOURCE October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month
To recognize October as Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition (SCAC) is sponsoring “Learn the Basics of Hands-Only CPR & AED,” Wednesday, Oct. 26, 4-6 p.m. Eastern, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Llevin@suddencardiacarrest.org. RSVP to pdetrow@suddencardiacarrest.org by Friday, Oct. 21.

12. CALL TO ACTION Nominations open for 2012 AACN Chapter Awards
Nominate chapters for the 2012 AACN Chapter Awards, which recognize exemplary efforts to make a difference in the healthcare profession and further AACN’s mission, vision and values. These awards recognize excellence in a number of categories: chapter collaboration, community education & public service, educational programming, leadership development and promoting the value of certification. There is also an AACN President’s Award for Chapters for which nominations close Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. All other nominations close Tuesday, Nov. 1. Learn more and nominate.

13. MEMBER BENEFIT New edition of best-selling book ‘Crucial Conversations’ available
The just-released second edition of The New York Times’ best-selling book “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High” summarizes new research, inspires readers with powerful stories that illustrate key principles and provides links to videos that demonstrate effective ways to conduct crucial conversations. AACN members receive a discount on their purchase.

14. MEMBER BENEFIT Free enrollment in ChangeAnything.com for one year
Take control of the sources of influence that impact your behavior by becoming both the subject and the scientist of your change. In partnership with Change Anything, a division of VitalSmarts, AACN welcomes members to ChangeAnything.com — a social media website based on award-winning research. Sign up by Dec. 31 for free one-year premium membership in this unique online resource.

15. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety
On Oct. 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., approved LeGoo, a gel manufactured by PluroMed Inc., Woburn, Mass., that temporarily stops blood flow during surgery so surgeons can join blood vessels without using clamps or loops.

Evidence
Risk, Clinical Features, and Outcomes of Thrombosis Associated With Pediatric Cardiac Surgery” finds thrombosis affects a “high proportion” of children undergoing cardiac surgery and is associated with “suboptimal” outcomes. “Increased awareness and effective prevention and detection strategies are needed,” concludes the study in the Oct. 4 Circulation.

Guidelines
Guideline Synthesis: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Diagnosis and Management of Acute Exacerbations” from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., compares guidelines from Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, University of Michigan Health System and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense.

16. AACN RESOURCES
Find jobs at NursePath.com
Are you a recent graduate? Or are you a mid- or senior-career acute or critical care nurse looking to change jobs or locations? Visit NursePath.com, AACN’s online career site, to find employment opportunities in high acuity and critical care across the U.S.

Notable Quote
“As a nurse embarking on EBP, it is important for you to first understand the basic concepts of research and how to rate or evaluate the evidence before suggesting that it be used to guide practice. Understanding nursing research will enable you to better apply research findings in your everyday practice.” — Maryann Godshall. “Fast Facts for Evidence-Based Practice: Implementing EBP in a Nutshell.”

Together. Stronger. Bolder.
From October’s AACN Bold Voices
We Can’t Do It Alone — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012

******************************************************************************
If you do not wish to receive email updates from AACN, please reply to unsubscribe@aacn.org.
Do you have a comment, question or story idea for Critical Care Newsline? Send your email to enewsletter@aacn.org.

UPDATE YOUR OWN INFORMATION ONLINE
Did you know you can update your demographic profile, including your email address, online? Simply log in using your membership or customer identification number. Go to:
www.aacn.org/DM/CustomerProfile/UpdateCustomerProfile.aspx.
 

Your Feedback