Critical Care Newsline — October 20, 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. 20, 2011

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1. CALL TO ACTION Apply for HHS-CCSC HAI award
2. NEWS Critical Care Nurse presents a second article in the tele-ICU column
3. PATIENT SAFETY Study classifies ICU critical incidents
4. NEWS CCSC announces new website
5. CALL TO ACTION Submit AACN grant applications by Nov. 1
6. CALL TO ACTION Submit nominations for 2012 AACN Chapter Awards
7. RESOURCE AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Nov. 9-12, Las Vegas
8. CALL TO ACTION Participate in survey about RNs and work/family responsibilities
9. RESOURCE October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month
10. MEMBER BENEFIT New edition of best-selling book ‘Crucial Conversations’ available
11. MEMBER BENEFIT Free enrollment in ChangeAnything.com for one year
12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
13. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at Nursepath.com
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1. CALL TO ACTION Apply for HHS-CCSC HAI award
Apply by Dec. 19 for national awards recognizing sustained improvements in reducing or eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in critical care. Now in its second year, this awards program is sponsored by AACN and its partnering organizations in the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and Office of Healthcare Quality, emphasizing success related to reducing or eliminating central line-associated bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia. Access eligibility, selection criteria and application requirements.

2. NEWS Critical Care Nurse presents a second article in the tele-ICU column
According to a survey in October’s Critical Care Nurse, 85 percent of tele-ICU programs measure nurse competence at the time of hire, during orientation and ongoing. “A New View: Tele-Intensive Care Unit Competencies” is the second article in the tele-ICU column; the next article on this topic is scheduled for OnlineNOW publication with the February 2012 issue of Critical Care Nurse.

3. PATIENT SAFETY Study classifies ICU critical incidents
Major Sources of Critical Incidents in Intensive Care” can be classified in the main categories of equipment, clinical practice, pharmaceuticals, administration, and health and safety hazards, according to the study published online Sept. 29 by Critical Care.

4. NEWS CCSC announces new website
The Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC), which includes AACN, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society and Society of Critical Care Medicine, announces the launch of www.ccsconline.org. Showcasing more than a decade of collaborative interdisciplinary achievements to advance the field of critical care, the website spotlights the national agenda for critical care research, targeted efforts in the emerging area of tele-ICU and advocacy for reimbursement of advance care planning at the end-of-life. It also talks about CCSC’s innovative partnerships with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to define ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and award critical care teams who reduce or eliminate VAP and other healthcare-associated infections — see item No. 1 for more information.

5. 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.

6. CALL TO ACTION Submit nominations 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.

7. 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 “Hepatic and Biliary Issues in the Progressive Care Unit” and “Sepsis: Nurses at the Front Lines.” Download a brochure and register.

8. 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.

9. RESOURCE October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month
To recognize October as Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety
On Oct. 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., approved Juvisync, the first combination drug for treating type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Juvisync, manufactured by MSD International GmbH Clonmel, Co., Tipperary, Ireland, contains sitagliptin and simvastatin in a single tablet.

Guidelines
October’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism contains “Continuous Glucose Monitoring: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline,” a new guideline from The Endocrine Society, Chevy Chase, Md. Real-time continuous glucose monitoring should not be used alone for glucose management of adults in the ICU or operating room, according to “Guidelines Address Continuous Glucose Monitoring,” a related article published online by Medscape. (Note: A free login is required to view the Medscape article.)

13. 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
“Change happens when we stop looking for off-the-shelf answers to our one-of-a-kind challenges. You are unique. The change plan that will work for you is unique. In order to find it, you’ll have to be both the scientist and the subject of your unique experiment. When you take on this mindset, even bad days become good data. You become progressively smarter at influencing yourself until you evolve a plan that works perfectly for your subject: you.” — Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler, “Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success.”

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