Critical Care Newsline — January 5, 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.

Jan. 5, 2012

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1. EVIDENCE New CCSC report guides critical care research
2. RESOURCE FDA posts new Drug Safety Podcasts
3. EVIDENCE Bedside nurses with experience in telemedicine generally support its use
4. RESOURCE Meet Nurse Nacole
5. RESOURCE Connect with AACN on Facebook
6. CALL TO ACTION Register for NICHE webinar on older adults with heart failure
7. CALL TO ACTION Comment on proposed TJC emergency and safety standards
8. CALL TO ACTION Apply for NLN research grants
9. WEAR YOUR NTI SPIRIT NTI 2012 T-shirts available
10. CALL TO ACTION U.S. Department of Labor conducting acute care nursing survey
11. CALL TO ACTION Submit nominations for AACN President’s Awards for Chapters
12. BOOKSTORE New resource for arrhythmia indications
13. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
14. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. EVIDENCE New CCSC report guides critical care research
The first comprehensive agenda to guide critical care research outlines recommendations across the spectrum of critical care and encourages increased cooperation among all stakeholders. “Multisociety Task Force for Critical Care Research: Key Issues and Recommendations” contains the evidence-based expert opinions of a 25-member task force of representatives from the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) — AACN, 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 task force identified challenges, priority areas and recommendations for process improvements to support critical care research. Read the report in January’s American Journal of Critical Care.

2. RESOURCE FDA posts news Drug Safety Podcasts
On Dec. 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., released new Drug Safety Podcasts for Healthcare Professionals, including “Review Update of Multaq (dronedarone) and Increased Risk of Death and Serious Cardiovascular Adverse Events,” “Revised Update of Zocor (simvastatin) When Taken With Amiodarone” and “Safety Review of Post-market Reports of Serious Bleeding Events With the Anticoagulant Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesylate).”

3. EVIDENCE Bedside nurses with experience in telemedicine generally support its use
Bedside Nurses’ Perceptions of Intensive Care Unit Telemedicine,” in January’s American Journal of Critical Care, notes that practicing bedside nurses with experience in telemedicine generally support its use, but concerns about privacy issues and the desire to personally know the telemedicine physician may hinder broader application of the technology.

4. RESOURCE Meet Nurse Nacole
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. RESOURCE Connect with AACN on Facebook
Join the online conversation about acute and critical care issues on AACN’s official Facebook pages. AACN, the National Teaching Institute, Critical Care Nurse and the American Journal of Critical Care have pages with links to relevant content and ongoing discussions. More than 17,000 Facebook users already follow AACN’s updates.

6. CALL TO ACTION Register for NICHE webinar on older adults with heart failure
Register for a two-part webinar: “What Every Nurse Needs to Know to Care for Older Adults with Heart Failure,” from Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), a program of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, New York. Part 1 (Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. EST) will include epidemiology and clinical evaluation. Part 2 (Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. EST) will include medication management, non-pharmacologic therapies and pitfalls for health failure care. Free registration for NICHE sites; non-NICHE sites pay $99 for first participant ($12.95 per additional participant contact hour).

7. CALL TO ACTION Comment on proposed TJC emergency and safety standards
The Joint Commission (TJC), Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., invites comments on two proposed standards — revisions to its “Patient Flow in the Emergency Department” requirements (response deadline Jan. 20) and a National Patient Safety Goal addressing overuse of treatments, procedures and tests (response deadline Jan. 24).

8. CALL TO ACTION Apply for NLN research grants
The National League for Nursing (NLN), New York, invites proposals in two areas — “NLN/Midwest Nursing Research Society Doctoral Dissertation Award” (response deadline Feb. 15) and “2012 NLN Nursing Education Research Grants” (response deadline Feb. 23).

9. WEAR YOUR NTI SPIRIT NTI 2012 T-shirts available
Order your official NTI 2012 T-shirt from the online AACN Bookstore, and plan to wear it at the opening session, Monday, May 21, in honor of AACN President Mary Stahl. The shirts are black with the “Together. Stronger. Bolder.” artwork on the back and a small NTI logo on the front. The presale price is $15 plus tax and $3 shipping until April 4. Both black and white T-shirts will be available on-site at NTI for $20 each. Proceeds from all T-shirt sales benefit AACN’s host chapter, Metropolitan Orlando.

10. CALL TO ACTION U.S. Department of Labor conducting acute care nursing survey
Representatives conducting a survey for the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) System, a database of occupational requirements and worker attributes based in the U.S. Department of Labor, will be calling critical care nurses, which may include some AACN members, during January to gather information for the acute care nursing category. AACN supports this initiative, as O*NET information facilitates career guidance and supports workforce education and creation of competency models. Contact Traci Davis with questions.

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. BOOKSTORE New resource for arrhythmia indications
Arrhythmia Essentials” is a concise and detailed guide to heart rhythm disturbances. Packed with vital information, this pocket-sized reference includes examples of each arrhythmia, numerous algorithms to facilitate an approach to arrhythmia diagnosis and management and indications for implantable rhythm management devices and ablation. Access this resource and other new titles.

13. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety
On Dec. 30, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., approved expanded use of Prevnar 13, a pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine, to include people age 50 and older.

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
“Remind yourself of the meaningful work you do in critical care. Whenever you hear yourself start the familiar refrain of ‘If I were a good nurse …’, stop! Count to 10 and savor everything you’ve managed to do.” — Michael L. Williams in “A Daybook for Critical Care Nurses,” Eileen Gallen Bademan, ed.

Together. Stronger. Bolder.
From January’s AACN Bold Voices
Start With What Works” — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012
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