Critical Care Newsline — August 23, 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. 23, 2012

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1. CALL TO ACTION AACN grant applications accepted starting Sept. 1
2. CALL TO ACTION Apply for CACCN Educational Awards by Sept. 1
3. CALL TO ACTION Certification exams at TRENDS
4. EVIDENCE Tips in CCN to reduce healthcare device errors
5. CNE OF THE MONTH Article in CCN offers strategies for managing delirium
6. EVIDENCE Supporting healthcare professionals after adverse events
7. CALL TO ACTION Submit nominations for 2013 AACN Chapter Awards
8. EVIDENCE NT-proBNP-guided therapy reduces cardiovascular events
9. NTI Submit NTI 2013 poster abstract by Sept. 14
10. CALL TO ACTION Complete a survey on compassion fatigue resources for ICU nurses
12. NEW IN BOOKSTORE New edition of financial management book
12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
13. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. CALL TO ACTION AACN grant applications accepted starting 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 are accepted starting Sept. 1 and must be submitted online by Nov. 1. Learn more and get started.

2. CALL TO ACTION Apply for CACCN Educational Awards by Sept. 1
The Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN) Educational Awards, sponsored by Smiths Medical Canada, help critical care nurses attend continuing education programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate of nursing levels. The awards are $1,000 each, and applicants must be a member of CACCN for at least one year; CACCN board members are not eligible. Access further details and apply by Sept. 1.

3. CALL TO ACTION Certification exams at TRENDS
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 Friday, Oct. 5, at the “TRENDS in Critical Care Nursing” conference in King of Prussia, Pa., in the Philadelphia area. Send your payment with the special TRENDS exam application, and AACN must receive both no later than Wednesday, Sept. 5. Obtain more information and download an application.

4. EVIDENCE Tips in CCN to reduce healthcare device errors
Medical Devices and Patient Safety,” in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), describes manufacturer-related error and device-use error, principles of human factors engineering and steps for reducing risk of errors related to healthcare devices.

5. CNE OF THE MONTH Article in CCN offers strategies for managing delirium
Management of Delirium in Critically Ill Older Adults,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), reviews current evidence and describes approaches for managing delirium manifestations.

6. EVIDENCE Supporting healthcare professionals after adverse events
Supporting Involved Health Care Professionals (Second Victims) Following an Adverse Health Event: A Literature Review,” published online July 27 by International Journal of Nursing Studies, identifies strategies at the individual and organizational levels and concludes that “programs need to include support provided immediately post adverse event as well as on [a] middle long and long term basis.”

7. CALL TO ACTION Submit nominations for 2013 AACN Chapter Awards
Nominate chapters for the 2013 AACN Chapter Awards, which recognize exemplary efforts to make a difference in the healthcare profession and communities and further AACN’s mission, vision and values. The chapter award categories:

  • Excellence in Chapter Collaboration
  • Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development
  • Excellence in Community Education and Public Service
  • Excellence in Chapter Educational Programming
  • Excellence in Promoting the Value of Certification
  • AACN President’s Award for Chapters

Nominations for the AACN President’s Award for Chapters close Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. All other nominations close Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Learn more and nominate.

8. EVIDENCE NT-proBNP-guided therapy reduces cardiovascular events
Heart Failure Outcomes and Benefits of NT-proBNP-Guided Management in the Elderly: Results From the Prospective, Randomized ProBNP Outpatient Tailored Chronic Heart Failure Therapy (PROTECT) Study,” in the Aug. 18 Journal of Cardiac Failure, notes that using N-terminal pro-B type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) values to guide heart failure care is “well tolerated” and results in “substantial improvement in cardiovascular event rates” in older patients.

9. NTI Submit NTI 2013 poster abstract by Sept. 14
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

10. CALL TO ACTION Complete a survey on compassion fatigue resources for ICU nurses
Kristen Linton, a graduate nursing student at DePaul University, Chicago, is conducting a survey to investigate resources on compassion fatigue for ICU nurses. It should take you less than 15 minutes to fill out. Email Linton if you have any questions.

11. NEW IN BOOKSTORE New edition of financial management book
Financial Management for Nurse Managers and Executives, 4th ed.” covers the financial topics nurse managers need to understand, including accounting principles, cost analysis, management tools and planning an organization’s financial resources. This latest edition also analyzes future directions in financial management. Access other new titles in AACN’s Online Bookstore.

12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., issued a warning Aug. 15, after three children died and one child had a life-threatening case of respiratory depression following codeine administration after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy. When clinicians prescribe codeine-containing drugs, the FDA recommends they use “the lowest effective dose for the shortest time on an as-needed basis.”

Evidence
Incidence, Etiology, and Survival Trends From Cardiovascular-related Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Children and Young Adults Ages 0-35: A 30-Year Review,” online Aug. 10 in Circulation, finds that the incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in children “is higher than previously reported.” The trends “support contemporary resuscitation protocols for OHCA in the young,” the study concludes.

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
“One nurse leader can make a difference. A diverse group of nurses can make common cause with that leader and create the change they choose,” Phyllis Beck Kritek writes in “Change Leadership in Nursing: How Change Occurs in a Complex Hospital System,” Mairead Hickey and Phyllis Beck Kritek, eds.

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