Critical Care Newsline — September 15, 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.

Sept. 15, 2011

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1. NEWS Apply for AACN’s NIWI scholarship by Oct. 17
2. CALL TO ACTION New survey about the implications of AACN Practice Alerts
3. CALL TO ACTION Submit NTI 2012 poster abstracts by Sept. 19
4. CALL TO ACTION September is Sepsis Awareness Month
5. RESOURCE Adult CCRN Certification Review live webinars start Oct. 24
6. CALL TO ACTION Complete your profile for certification volunteer positions
7. EVIDENCE ICU nurses’, physicians’ views differ on collaboration in withholding care
8. CALL TO ACTION Share certification best practices by Sept. 30, qualify as NTI panelist
9. CALL TO ACTION Submit AACN grant application by Nov. 1
10. RESOURCE AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Nov. 9-12, Las Vegas
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. NEWS Apply for AACN’s NIWI 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. The deadline is Monday, Oct. 17.

2. CALL TO ACTION New survey about the implications of AACN Practice Alerts
Annette Bourgault, Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU), invites nurses to participate in the online survey “Adoption of AACN Verification of Feeding Tube Placement Practice Alert by Critical Care Nurses.” Findings from the survey, conducted as part of Bourgault’s dissertation, will help in understanding factors that influence critical care nurses’ decisions to adopt clinical guidelines and practices for verification of feeding tube placement. This confidential survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. Direct questions to Bourgault at abourgault@georgiahealth.edu or (706) 721-8669 or GHSU Office of Human Research Protection at (706) 721-1483. Participants may enter their email address in a drawing, to be held this fall, for one of two $200 AACN gift certificates.

3. CALL TO ACTION Submit NTI 2012 poster abstracts by Sept. 19
Be an essential part of the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), which takes place May 19-24, in Orlando, Fla., as a poster participant. Submit poster abstracts in any of the following categories: chapter best practice, evidence-based solutions and research. Deadline: Monday, Sept. 19.

4. RESOURCE September is Sepsis Awareness Month
Sep is for Sepsis and September — so September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Visit sepsisalliance.org for tools to help you speak to patients and their families about what to expect. Sepsis Alliance also provides resources for patients, families and survivors to connect and support one another through social media, including its Facebook page. If you’re on Twitter, raise awareness about sepsis through tweets. Include hashtag #SepsisAwarenessMonth.

5. RESOURCE Adult CCRN Certification Review live webinars start Oct. 24
Register for the multi-session Adult CCRN Certification Review Course live webinars, which take place Oct. 24 to Nov. 14. Offering 14.5 contact hours of continuing education credit, the course features practice questions, live polling and text chat with award-winning national speakers. AACN Certification Reviews Online offers this webinar, which covers cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurologic, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, multisystem, hematology/immunology, behavioral considerations and test-taking tips. Internet access is required to participate alone or with colleagues. Register early as space is limited.

6. CALL TO ACTION Complete your profile for certification volunteer positions
AACN Certification Corporation plans to invite interested certified nurses from the volunteer database for upcoming work: 1) Exam Development Committee work for the Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNPC) certification exam and the Adult, Neonatal and Pediatric Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CCNS) certification exams; and 2) a Practice Analysis Task Force, meeting in January 2012, to develop the survey for the upcoming National Study of Progressive Care to update and refresh the PCCN certification exam. To be considered as a volunteer for these opportunities, create a profile or update an existing one by Friday, Sept. 30. Include exam development, item writing and review panel as keywords under specialty skills. Read more about the volunteer program.

7. EVIDENCE ICU nurses’, physicians’ views differ on collaboration in withholding care
Withholding or Withdrawing Therapy in Intensive Care Units: An Analysis of Collaboration Among Healthcare Professionals” finds that nurses’, intensivists’ and primary physicians’ perceptions differ. It notes that nurses are least likely to find collaboration “very or extremely” satisfactory and most likely to believe decisions about withdrawing therapy to be “often, very often or always unnecessarily” postponed. “Multi-disciplinary patient conferences, nurse involvement in the decision-making process, and guidelines for withholding and withdrawing therapy are recommended,” concludes the study, published online Aug. 30 by Intensive Care Medicine.

8. CALL TO ACTION Share certification best practices by Sept. 30, qualify as NTI panelist
If your facility or chapter has successfully implemented certification best practices — strategies to encourage, recognize and reward certification — submit your story online by Friday, Sept. 30. AACN Certification Corporation will select the two most innovative practices to be featured during the “Creating a Culture of Certification: Best Practices Roundtable” at the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 19-24, Orlando, Fla. AACN Certification Corporation accepts best-practices submissions year-round, and they are available to view online.

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 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. 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. Conference topics include “Navigating the Brain: Neuro Assessment Made Simple” and “Case Studies in Infectious Disease.” Download a brochure and register by Friday, Sept. 30 to receive tuition discounts.

11. MEMBER BENEFIT Free enrollment in ChangeAnything.com for one year
ChangeAnything.com is a social media platform based on award-winning research to help people quit undesirable behaviors. In partnership with Change Anything, a division of VitalSmarts, AACN delivers a free one-year premium membership to this online resource to AACN members — offer valid through Saturday, Dec. 31. Log on to AACN’s website to get started.

12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety
On Sept. 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., announced the boxed warning for Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNFα) blockers has been updated to include risk of infection from Legionella and Listeria.

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
“When patient characteristics and nurse competencies are in synergy, optimal patient outcomes are more apt to occur.” — Martha A.Q. Curley, “Synergy: The Unique Relationship Between Nurses and Patients

Together. Stronger. Bolder.
From September’s AACN Bold Voices
Making Beautiful Music — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012

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