Critical Care Newsline — August 9, 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. Each issue includes links to resources, research abstracts (individual sites may require registration and a fee to access complete articles) and websites that will inform you on issues affecting nurses and the nursing profession.

Aug. 9, 2012

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1. CALL TO ACTION You asked, we listened: Application deadline for COE awards extended to Aug. 20
2. CALL TO ACTION AACN grant applications open Sept. 1
3. CALL TO ACTION Apply to take certification exams at TRENDS by Sept. 5
4. NTI Submit poster abstracts for NTI 2013
5. NTI Give the gift of learning and rejuvenation
6. EVIDENCE Study in CCN finds new CVC dressing keeps CRBI rate low, saves money
7. CNE ARTICLE Study in CCN reports value of VAP bundle
8. EVIDENCE CCM publishes new studies of interest to nurses
9. MEMBER BENEFIT CNML certification review course; AACN members save money
10. CALL TO ACTION Participate in study on use of physical restraints in critical care
11. NEW IN BOOKSTORE New book on improving quality of care and patient safety
12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
13. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. CALL TO ACTION You asked, we listened: Application deadline for COE awards extended to Aug. 20
Many AACN members requested more time to nominate fellow AACN members for the 2013 AACN Circle of Excellence (COE) awards, which recognize acute and critical care nurses who make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Up to 25 recipients will be selected and inducted into the Circle of Excellence Society. Nominations close Monday, Aug. 20. Learn more and nominate.

2. CALL TO ACTION AACN grant applications open Sept. 1
AACN invites clinicians and researchers to apply for its grants, which range from $1,500 to $50,000. They fund priority projects that address gaps in clinical research and support the translation of these findings to bedside nurses. Applications open Sept. 1 and must be submitted online by Nov. 1. Learn more and get started.

3. CALL TO ACTION Apply to take certification exams at TRENDS by Sept. 5
Paper and pencil administration of the CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CCNS, ACNPC and CNML specialty exams and the CMC (cardiac medicine) and CSC (cardiac surgery) subspecialty exams will be offered at the “TRENDS in Critical Care Nursing” conference in King of Prussia, Pa., in the Philadelphia area, Friday, Oct. 5. You must send payment with the special TRENDS exam application, and both must arrive at AACN no later than Wednesday, Sept. 5. Obtain more information and download an application.

4. NTI Submit poster abstracts for NTI 2013
Submit poster abstracts for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) — Saturday, May 18, to Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Boston — in three categories: Research, Evidence-based Solutions and Chapter Best Practice. Read the Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines first. Deadline: Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

5. NTI Give the gift of learning and rejuvenation
Start planning your trip to the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) — Saturday, May 18, to Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Boston with an AACN gift certificate. Give a colleague, nurse manager or nurse leader access to NTI’s essential knowledge and networking opportunities, and the chance to renew their passion. Ordering between now and October guarantees you will receive the NTI 2012 price.

6. EVIDENCE Study in CCN finds new CVC dressing keeps CRBI rate low, saves money
Use of a 1-Piece Chlorhexidine Gluconate Transparent Dressing on Critically Ill Patients,” in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), finds that using the new dressing on central venous catheter (CVC) sites keeps the rate of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBIs) low and saves money.

7. CNE ARTICLE Study in CCN reports value of VAP bundle
Using Evidence-Based Practice to Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), describes how strict adherence to bundled practices reduces ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) rates, saves money and enhances the quality of care and well-being of patients receiving mechanical ventilation.

8. EVIDENCE CCM publishes new studies of interest to nurses
Two new studies in Critical Care Medicine (CCM), online July 20, are of interest to nurses: 1) “Diurnal Sedative Changes During Intensive Care: Impact on Liberation From Mechanical Ventilation and Delirium” finds that nearly half of the patients on mechanical ventilation “received greater doses of sedation at night, a practice associated with failed spontaneous breathing trials, coma, and delirium;” and 2) Most parents in “Parental Decision-making Preferences in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit” preferred to share decision-making with the physician or to make decisions mostly or wholly on their own.

9. MEMBER BENEFIT CNML certification review course; AACN members save money
The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is offering AACN members the AONE member registration fee for “CNML Essentials Review Course,” a certification preparation course in New Orleans, Oct. 11. Registration includes course materials, a continental breakfast and lunch.

10. CALL TO ACTION Participate in study on use of physical restraints in critical care
Participate in a study on the relationships among clinical experience, clinical decision-making, attitudes toward physical restraint and nursing practice issues with the use of restraints in critical care. The confidential survey, which takes about 15 minutes to complete, is being conducted by Kristi Stinson, a PhD student at Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. Email Stinson if you have questions.

11. NEW IN BOOKSTORE New book on improving quality of care and patient safety
Quality and Safety in Nursing: A Competency Approach to Improving Outcomes,” edited by key members of the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing steering team, is the first comprehensive text of its kind focused on the nursing community’s role in improving quality of care and patient safety. Access other new titles in AACN’s Online Bookstore.

12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient safety
On Aug. 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., announced B. Braun, Bethlehem, Pa., has recalled its Infusomat Space Infusion System, because incorrectly inserting the anti free flow clip catch may cause it to break.

On Aug. 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., announced CareFusion Corp., San Diego, has recalled its Alaris PC unit, model 8015 because of the potential for an error code that freezes the PC screen, possibly delaying or interrupting therapy.

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
“Pain assessment is both an art and a science. It is one of the most challenging things that nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physicians’ assistants, and other health care staff do in their daily practice.” Yvonne D’Arcy, “Compact Clinical Guide to Acute Pain Management: An EBP Approach for Nurses.”

Dare To
From August’s AACN Bold Voices
Dare to Dream” — Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
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