Critical Care Newsline — April 19, 2012

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.

April 19, 2012

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1. THANK YOU AACN thanks its volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week
2. NEWS AACN launches new version of Dysrhythmia Interpretation Course
3. CALL TO ACTION Voting for AACN Board and Nominating Committee ends today
4. NEWS The Joint Commission enterprise launches HAI portal
5. CALL TO ACTION Adult CCRN Certification Review Course live webinar
6. EVIDENCE Bleeding risk after reperfusion higher in blacks, study says
7. CALL TO ACTION Start planning for NTI
8. CALL TO ACTION Submit questions for Beacon award recipients at NTI
9. CALL TO ACTION Participate in study on family presence in adult ICUs
10. CALL TO ACTION Submit speaker abstracts for NTI 2013
11. EVIDENCE Article in CCN differentiates sodium imbalances in head injury patients
12. CE ARTICLE Article in CCN discusses strategy for changing practice
13. NEW IN BOOKSTORE Handbook on cardiac cath lab
14. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
15. AACN RESOURCES Apply for AACN scholarships
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1. THANK YOU AACN thanks its volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week
During National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, AACN applauds its volunteers for generously donating their time and energy to benefit our community of nurses. Countless AACN members are involved in their local chapter, and many other volunteers serve as AACN ambassadors. Thank you for your dedication to the needs of patients and families and for enhancing AACN’s mission.

2. NEWS AACN launches new version of Dysrhythmia Interpretation Course
AACN has launched an updated version of its Basic ECG Interpretation E-Learning Course. The course — which helps healthcare professionals working with monitored patients to identify potential cardiac threats quickly and respond appropriately — features an eight-step process for analyzing and interpreting cardiac rhythms. The course provides an evidence-based interactive experience to enhance clinical decision-making at the bedside. Ten lessons focus on proper monitoring techniques, ECG waveforms and intervals analysis, and dysrhythmia interpretation. New to the updated version is content on identifying and troubleshooting pacemaker rhythms. Earn 6.5 hours of continuing nursing education credit. Visit www.aacn.org/e-learning for more information on AACN E-learning courses.

3. CALL TO ACTION Voting for AACN Board and Nominating Committee ends today
April 19 is the last day to cast your vote for the FY2013-15 AACN Board of Directors and FY2013 Nominating Committee. Read the candidate profiles on pages 13-24 of March’s AACN Bold Voices or at www.aacn.org/election, where you can vote or indicate your decision to abstain. For questions, contact Melinda Messenger, volunteer program specialist, at (800) 394-5995, ext. 331 or volunteers@aacn.org. A response from 5 percent of eligible voters is required for a valid election.

4. NEWS The Joint Commission enterprise launches HAI portal
April 2, The Joint Commission (TJC) enterprise, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., launched the Health Care-Associated Infections (HAI) Portal, designed as an integrated “kiosk” of HAI resources in one area, which is accessible from any of TJC’s related websites.

5. CALL TO ACTION Adult CCRN Certification Review Course live webinar
Beginning June 4, attend a multi-session Adult CCRN Certification Review Course live webinar. Certification review experts, including Mary Kay Bader and Suzi Burns, present sessions with practice questions, live polling and text chat that focus on cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurologic, endocrine and other topics. Earn 14.5 hours of continuing nursing education credit. Requires Internet access.

6. EVIDENCE Bleeding risk after reperfusion higher in blacks, study says
Association of Bleeding and In-hospital Mortality in Black and White Patients With ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Receiving Reperfusion” found the risk for bleeding after fibrinolysis or primary percutaneous coronary intervention was higher in blacks than whites. “Bleeding was associated with a similar increased risk of death in both ethnic groups treated by either reperfusion strategy,” concludes the study in the April 10 Circulation.

7. CALL TO ACTION Start planning for NTI
There are less than five weeks until this year’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 19-24. If you haven’t done so, you still have time to register. If you’ve registered, start planning your schedule and special events. Search for sessions by title, track and day, and find exhibitors at the Critical Care Exposition. Stop by the Host Chapter Booth at the conference for suggestions from local colleagues on what to see and do in the area. Explore Orlando.

8. CALL TO ACTION Submit questions for Beacon award recipients at NTI
Do you have a question for recipients of the Beacon Award for Excellence? Please submit questions to be considered for inclusion in two special NTI sessions featuring panelists from units that received the Beacon award.

9. CALL TO ACTION Participate in study on family presence in adult ICUs
Participate in a research study on nurses’ beliefs about family visitation in adult ICUs. The study is being conducted by Beverly Jones, doctoral student at Wayne State University, Detroit, and takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Call Jones at (313) 801-9162 if you have questions.

10. CALL TO ACTION Submit speaker abstracts for NTI 2013
Please read the submission guidelines for Live Educational Sessions at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 18-23, 2013, in Boston. Submit an abstract by Monday, June 4.

11. EVIDENCE Article in CCN differentiates sodium imbalances in head injury patients
Central Neurogenic Diabetes Insipidus, Syndrome of Inappropriate Secretion of Antidiuretic Hormone, and Cerebral Salt-Wasting Syndrome in Traumatic Brain Injury,” in April’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), differentiates between hypernatremia and the two hyponatremia syndromes so nurses can prevent worsening neurological outcomes in patients with head injuries.

12. CE ARTICLE Article in CCN discusses strategy for changing practice
So You Want to Change Practice: Recognizing Practice Issues and Channeling Those Ideas,” a continuing education (CE) article in April’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), presents a pragmatic, clinically friendly approach that staff nurses can use to apply research to change nursing practice.

13. NEW IN BOOKSTORE Handbook on cardiac cath lab
Learn what to expect, what to avoid and how to manage complications in the cath lab with the pocket resource “The Cardiac Catheterization Handbook, 5th ed.,” which includes laboratory techniques and safety requirements, as well as the limitations and implications of cardiac catheterization and angiography findings. Access the handbook and other new titles.

14. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Guidelines
Access “Capnography/Capnometry During Mechanical Ventilation: 2011” from the American Association for Respiratory Care, Irving, Texas, published in April 2011’s Respiratory Care.

Access “ACR Appropriateness Criteria Routine Chest Radiographs in ICU Patients” from the American College of Radiology, Reston, Va.

15. 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.

Apply for AACN scholarships
Is there a class or event you would like to attend to further your knowledge or enhance your career goals? AACN members can apply for scholarships anytime throughout the year. Email scholarships@aacn.org with questions.

Notable Quote
“Colleagues can be your best allies. They can help you sort out some of your big and small questions. Learn from others’ experiences and value stories for the lessons they teach. A successful CNS has often spent years learning to stay focused, manage time, prioritize projects, and avoid over commitment.” Melanie Duffy, Susan Dresser, Jan Fulton, eds., “Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit: A Guide for the New Clinical Nurse Specialist.”

Together. Stronger. Bolder.
From April’s AACN Bold Voices
It’s Really About Values” — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012
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