Critical Care Newsline — September 29, 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. 29, 2011

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1. CALL TO ACTION Comment on revised ANA Principles for Nurse Staffing
2. NEWS ISMP updates List of Confused Drug Names
3. CALL TO ACTION Apply for an AACN Washington Health Policy Scholarship by Oct. 17
4. EVIDENCE Polymicrobial CAP is risk factor for inappropriate antimicrobial treatment
5. RESOURCE Sepsis Awareness Month resources for patients and families
6. RESOURCE Adult CCRN Certification Review live webinars start Oct. 24
7. CALL TO ACTION Submit AACN grant applications by Nov. 1
8. RESOURCE AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Nov. 9-12, Las Vegas
9. CALL TO ACTION Participate in survey about implications of AACN Practice Alerts
10. CALL TO ACTION Capitol Hill event for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month, October
11. MEMBER BENEFIT New edition of best-selling book ‘Crucial Conversations’ available
12. MEMBER BENEFIT Free enrollment in ChangeAnything.com for one year
13. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
14. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at Nursepath.com
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1. CALL TO ACTION Comment on revised ANA Principles for Nurse Staffing
The American Nurse Association (ANA) invites public comment on a proposed revision to the ANA Principles for Nurse Staffing. Your feedback as a nurse is instrumental in this important work. Download the revision and give your feedback in the comment form. Deadline: Nov. 3. If you have questions, contact Katie Brewer at ANA.

2. NEWS ISMP updates List of Confused Drug Names
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), Horsham, Pa., has updated its List of Confused Drug Names, which includes look-alike and sound-alike name pairs. The ISMP list will help comply with The Joint Commission’s, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., look-alike/sound-alike requirement.

3. 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.

4. EVIDENCE Polymicrobial CAP is risk factor for inappropriate antimicrobial treatment
ICU patients with polymicrobial community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) are more likely than those with monomicrobial CAP to receive inappropriate initial antimicrobial treatment, “which in turn independently predicts hospital mortality,” according to “Community Acquired Polymicrobial Pneumonia in the Intensive Care Unit: Aetiology and Prognosis.” The study was published online Sept. 14 by Critical Care.

5. RESOURCE Sepsis Awareness Month resources for patients and families
During the last week of September — Sepsis Awareness Month — visit sepsisalliance.org for tools to help you speak to patients and their families about what to expect. Going forward, educate patients and their families year-round with AACN resources that relate to sepsis. Visit www.aacn.org and type the keyword “sepsis” in the search bar to access them.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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. Preconferences include “Cardiac and Vasoactive Medications: Keeping Your Patient Out of the ICU” and “Cardiac Monitoring Essentials for Progressive Care.” Download a brochure and register.

9. CALL TO ACTION Participate in survey about implications of AACN Practice Alerts
To inform her dissertation, Annette Bourgault, an AACN member from Georgia Health Sciences University, seeks additional nurses to take a survey titled “Adoption of AACN Practice Alert: Verification of Feeding Tube Placement by Critical Care Nurses.” Your participation will lead to greater understanding of factors that influence critical care nurses’ decisions to adopt clinical guidelines and practices related to verification of feeding tube placement. Direct questions to Annette Bourgault, (706) 721-8669 or the GHSU Office of Human Research Protection at (706) 721-1483. After completing the survey, you may enter your email address in a drawing to be held in fall 2011, for one of two $200 AACN gift certificates. Estimated odds of winning: 1:2,000. Begin the survey. This confidential survey takes 20 minutes to complete.

10. CALL TO ACTION Capitol Hill event for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month, October
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., Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Llevin@suddencardiacarrest.org. RSVP to pdetrow@suddencardiacarrest.org by Friday, Oct. 21.

11. 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.

12. 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 that can help. Sign up by Dec. 31 for a free one-year premium membership in this unique online resource.

13. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety
On Sept. 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., announced that over-the-counter asthma inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons will not be manufactured or sold after Dec. 31, 2011 because of environmental concerns.

Resource
Access the position statement “Transforming Nursing Practice through Technology & Informatics” from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Chicago. The statement includes recommendations for nursing informatics that support the 2010 report from the Institute of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.”

14. 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
“The role of the nurse in pain management cannot be overemphasized. As skilled clinicians, we need to be competent in assessing pain and understanding the principles of pain management. As advocates, we need to work with physicians and other healthcare team members to develop the most effective care plan for the patient. As guides, we need to work with the patient and family to find the highest level of comfort.” — Linda Norlander, “To Comfort Always: A Nurse’s Guide to End-of-Life Care

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

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