Critical Care Newsline — June 14, 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.

June 14, 2012

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1. NEWS CMS broadens ‘medical staff’ to include APRNs
2. CALL TO ACTION Review and comment on AACN’s ACNP Scope and Standards by Sunday, July 8
3. CALL TO ACTION 2013 AACN Circle of Excellence award nominations open
4. EVIDENCE Article in CCN discusses encouraging family participation in care of older ICU patients
5. CNE ARTICLE Article in CCN describes strategy for managing stress
6. EVIDENCE Cardiac arrest in patients with pneumonia may occur without preceding shock, respiratory failure
7. CALL TO ACTION Nominate a colleague for 2012 Inspired Comfort Award
8. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Register for multidisciplinary leadership program
9. BOOKSTORE Learn more about 12 lead ECG interpretation
10. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
11. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. NEWS CMS broadens ‘medical staff’ to include APRNs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Baltimore, has broadened the concept of “medical staff” in the conditions of participation to include practitioners such as APRNs and physician assistants, who can “then be granted all of the privileges, rights, and responsibilities accorded to appointed medical staff members.” The change was among several announced May 9 by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that are designed to reduce unnecessary regulations for hospitals and healthcare providers.

2. CALL TO ACTION Review and comment on AACN’s ACNP Scope and Standards by Sunday, July 8
AACN invites comments from acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) on proposed updates to “AACN Scope and Standards of Practice for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner,” published in 2006. First read the “Scope of Practice,” “Standards of Clinical Practice” and “Standards of Professional Performance.” Links to these documents are included in the survey. We need to hear from you, as these standards help define the evolving role of ACNPs.

3. CALL TO ACTION 2013 AACN Circle of Excellence award nominations open
Nominate your peers and colleagues for the 2013 AACN Circle of Excellence 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 by Dec. 31 and inducted into the Circle of Excellence Society. Nominations close Wednesday, Aug. 1. Learn more and nominate.

4. EVIDENCE Article in CCN discusses encouraging family participation in care of older ICU patients
Engaging Families to Participate in Care of Older Critical Care Patients,” in June’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), explains how the AACN Synergy Model can be used to encourage family and significant others to participate in care to enhance optimal patient outcomes.

5. CNE ARTICLE Article in CCN describes strategy for managing stress
Tend and Befriend in the Intensive Care Unit,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in June’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), describes a strategy to help nurses increase their ability to grow from stressful situations, especially those related to moral distress.

6. EVIDENCE Cardiac arrest in patients with pneumonia may occur without preceding shock, respiratory failure
Early Cardiac Arrest in Patients Hospitalized With Pneumonia: A Report From the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation Program,” published in June’s CHEST, finds that “in patients with preexisting pneumonia, cardiac arrest may occur in the absence of preceding shock or respiratory failure.”

7. CALL TO ACTION Nominate a colleague for 2012 Inspired Comfort Award
Nominate a colleague for the 2012 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award, sponsored by Cherokee Uniforms, Chatsworth, Calif. Recognizing healthcare professionals who demonstrate exceptional service, sacrifice and innovation in patient care, the award offers prizes such as a Caribbean cruise for two and a trip to a 2013 U.S. medical conference. For every healthcare professional nominated until the Aug. 1 deadline, Cherokee Uniforms will make a donation to Nurses House, Guilderland, N.Y., a national fund that provides short-term financial assistance to RNs facing serious hardship.

8. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Register for multidisciplinary leadership program
The Arizona Healthcare Leadership Academy, a nonprofit collaboration among The University of Arizona College of Nursing, Eller College of Management and Arizona Nurses Association, offers a two-tiered multidisciplinary program designed to teach fundamental (Tier I) and advanced (Tier II) leadership skills to frontline and middle managers in healthcare. Download the 2012 schedule and register. AACN Continuing Professional Development Scholarships support this and other programs that help members enrich their career and acquire knowledge and skills beyond traditional academic nursing. Email scholarships@aacn.org with questions.

9. BOOKSTORE Learn more about 12 lead ECG interpretation
Enhance your skills with “12 Lead ECG Interpretation: Part 1,” a CD of slides and audio with a complete basic 12 lead ECG interpretation course, including proper lead placement, QRS axis determination, bundle branch blocks and changes reflecting myocardial ischemia, injury and infarction. Access titles that are new to the online AACN Bookstore.

10. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Guidelines

May 19, the European Heart Journal published online “ESC Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute and Chronic Heart Failure 2012” from the Task Force for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute and Chronic Heart Failure 2012 of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), developed in collaboration with the Heart Failure Association of the ESC.

11. 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
“The great paradox of the nursing profession is that the very function of being the primary caregiver for patients makes it difficult for nurses to implement a healthier lifestyle for themselves.” Gary Scholar, “Fit Nurse: Your Total Plan for Getting Fit and Living Well.”

Together. Stronger. Bolder.
From June’s AACN Bold Voices
The Energy of Community” — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012
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