Critical Care Newsline — February 2, 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.

Feb. 2, 2012

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1. RESOURCE AACN launches online pharmacology course
2. NEWS IOM releases new report on crisis standards of care
3. CALL TO ACTION Register for NTI – May 19-24 in Orlando – and save
4. RESOURCE Nacole Riccaboni, nurse video blogger
5. CALL TO ACTION Take quick online survey about AACN Practice Alerts
6. CALL TO ACTION Register for NTI’s Chapter Leadership Development Workshop on Sunday, May 20
7. EVIDENCE CCN publishes summary of recommendations for critical care research
8. EVIDENCE Updated guidelines for pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury released
9. CALL TO ACTION Shift Work and Breast Cancer Study seeks participants
10. CE ARTICLE CCN publishes overview of abdominal compartment syndrome
11. CALL TO ACTION Submit nominations for AACN President’s Awards for Chapters
12. EVIDENCE Study highlights Ticagrelor’s effects
13. BOOKSTORE AHA PALS Pocket Reference Card
14. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
15. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. RESOURCE AACN launches online pharmacology course
AACN: Critical Care Pharmacology — a new online course — launches today. The most comprehensive, evidence-based pharmacology course on the market today, it is designed to further develop nursing competencies that lead to optimal patient outcomes. The course includes education on the most commonly used critical care medications, best practices and evidence-based interventions. AACN partnered with Elsevier / MC Strategies, in consultation with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, to create this course, which earns users 13.5 continuing nursing education contact hours. AACN: Critical Care Pharmacology can be purchased from AACN.

2. NEWS IOM releases new report on crisis standards of care
On Jan. 23, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Washington, D.C., released “Barriers to Integrating Crisis Standards of Care Principles into International Disaster Response Plans: Workshop Summary,” which includes strategies for integrating crisis standards of care principles into disaster response plans and implementing them during a mass casualty incident.

3. CALL TO ACTION Register for NTI – May 19-24 in Orlando – and save
Early-bird registration is open for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), which takes place in Orlando, Fla., this year. Register by Thursday, April 5, and save $76. And be sure to sign up for a hotel room through AACN Housing. Discounted rates are available until April 10, but early booking is strongly advised to ensure the best selection.

4. RESOURCE Nacole Riccaboni, nurse video blogger
Nacole Riccaboni is a registered nurse in Florida who recently graduated and provides video blogs about her experiences at the bedside, offering tips and daily updates for new acute and critical care nurses. Access the “Nurse Nacole” YouTube channel.

5. CALL TO ACTION Take quick online survey about AACN Practice Alerts
AACN Practice Alerts are designed to ensure excellence in practice and a safe and humane work environment. Please take a few minutes to complete an online survey about the alerts. Your input is vital in helping us develop new Practice Alerts that meet your needs.

6. CALL TO ACTION Register for NTI’s Chapter Leadership Development Workshop on Sunday, May 20
Healthy Work Environments (HWEs) are vital to the mission work of AACN’s chapters. Register in advance for NTI’s Chapter Leadership Development Workshop (LDW), Sunday, May 20, to learn HWE skills. Chapters that attend receive a $435 stipend to help defray attendance costs — LDW is the only preconference session with this perk. Register for LDW – class code PC828 – when you register for NTI at www.aacn.org/nti.

7. EVIDENCE CCN publishes summary of recommendations for critical care research
Read the executive summary of “Multisociety Task Force for Critical Care Research: Key Issues and Recommendations” in February’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN). The first comprehensive agenda intended to guide critical care research, the report represents the evidence-based expert opinion of a 25-member task force of representatives from the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) — AACN, the American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society and Society of Critical Care Medicine — and the U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group. The report outlines a series of recommendations across the spectrum of critical care and encourages increased cooperation among all stakeholders.

8. EVIDENCE Updated guidelines for pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury released
January’s Pediatric Critical Care Medicine contains the second edition of “Guidelines for the Acute Medical Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Infants, Children, and Adolescents.”

9. CALL TO ACTION Shift Work and Breast Cancer Study seeks participants
Determine if you are eligible for the Shift Work and Breast Cancer Risk Study. Research has shown that working the night shift increases women’s breast cancer risk. To help determine why, researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, are studying breast tissue samples from women who have not had breast cancer to see if there are cellular differences in the breast tissue of women who work day shifts and those who work night shifts. The research team has enrolled enough day-shift workers but still needs night-shift workers.

10. CE ARTICLE CCN publishes overview of abdominal compartment syndrome
Intra-abdominal Hypertension and Abdominal Compartment Syndrome: A Comprehensive Overview,” a continuing education article in February’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), discusses the conditions and includes evidence-based definitions, guidelines and recommendations from the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome.

11. CALL TO ACTION Submit nominations for AACN President’s Awards for Chapters
Nominate chapters for the 2012 AACN President’s Awards for Chapters, which recognize the chapters that best exemplify the association’s annual theme. Learn more and nominate by Wednesday, Feb. 15.

12. EVIDENCE Study highlights ticagrelor’s effects
ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes in the Platelet Inhibition and Patient Outcomes (PLATO) Trial: Insights From the ECG Substudy” finds that ticagrelor doesn’t affect resolution of ST-segment elevation at discharge, and its benefit isn’t affected by the degree of baseline ST-segment elevation. Its main effects may not relate to the speed or completeness of acute reperfusion, “but rather the prevention of recurrent vascular events by more powerful platelet inhibition or other mechanisms,” concludes the study in the Jan. 24 Circulation.

13. BOOKSTORE AHA PALS Pocket Reference Card
The AHA PALS Pocket Reference Card puts the latest American Heart Association (AHA) Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) recommendations at your fingertips. Information includes algorithms for pediatric cardiac arrest, septic shock, bradycardia and tachycardia, plus postresuscitation care and drugs used in PALS. Access this resource and other new titles.

14. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Guidelines
Access “Pain Assessment in the Patient Unable to Self-Report: Position Statement with Clinical Practice Recommendations” from the American Society of Pain Management Nursing (APMN), Lenexa, Kan.

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.

Notable Quote
“No one seems to agree exactly on who should take credit for inventing RSS (Really Simple Syndication), but most of us recognize that it saves time and aggravation in trying to keep up with news and changes.” — Susan Manning and Kevin E. Johnson, “The Technology Toolbelt for Teaching

Together. Stronger. Bolder.
From February’s AACN Bold Voices
Family Visitation: How, not if” — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012
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