Critical Care Newsline — March 22, 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.

March 22, 2012

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1. CALL TO ACTION Voting opens for AACN Board and Nominating Committee
2. NEWS AACN funded scholarships for 14 attendees at NIWI
3. NTI 2012 Countless opportunities for professional and personal growth
4. CALL TO ACTION Preregister for certification exams at NTI by April 20
5. EVIDENCE Study in AJCC says less nurse autonomy associated with moral distress
6. RESOURCE Hartford Institute 2012 Geriatric Nursing Research Scholars Program
7. RESOURCE Register for ultrasound course
8. RESOURCE AACN scholarships support EBP programs
9. CALL TO ACTION Register for ‘A Slice of AACN NTI’
10. CALL TO ACTION Apply for ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowships
11. CALL TO ACTION Yale Heart Study asks nurses to promote survey
12. CE OF THE MONTH Study in AJCC finds poor correlation between bispectral index (BIS) and sedation scale
13. BOOKSTORE New medical procedures pocket guide
14. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
15. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. CALL TO ACTION Voting opens for AACN Board and Nominating Committee
Cast your vote for the FY2013-15 AACN Board of Directors and FY2013 Nominating Committee. A responsibility of all AACN members, voting is an opportunity to shape our future leadership and help fulfill our vision of a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families. Read the candidate profiles on pages 13-24 of March’s AACN Bold Voices or at www.aacn.org/election, where you can vote or indicate your decision to abstain. For questions, contact Melinda Messenger, volunteer program specialist, at 1-800-394-5995, ext. 331 or volunteers@aacn.org. A response from 5 percent of eligible voters is required for a valid election; voting ends Thursday, April 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

2. NEWS AACN funded scholarships for 14 attendees at NIWI
For the third year in a row, AACN’s Continuing Professional Development Scholarships program helped clinicians attend the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program, Washington, D.C., Feb. 26-28. Thanks to AACN’s program, 14 nurses joined other caregivers from across the country to gain firsthand knowledge about the health legislative process and meet with Capitol Hill representatives. AACN’s scholarships enrich the lives and careers of our members, helping them acquire knowledge and skills beyond degree coursework. To learn more, visit AACN Special Interest Scholarships.

3. NTI 2012 Countless opportunities for professional and personal growth
Are you a newer nurse or an experienced nurse with a new clinical focus? Are you looking for higher-level material or presentations by interdisciplinary faculty to broaden collaborative perspectives? Do you like self-study in addition to traditional lectures? Whatever your professional and personal development goals are, NTI has the learning opportunities to match. Search sessions. If you plan to attend, register by Thursday, April 5 and save $76. Sign up for a hotel room through AACN Housing. Discounted rates are available until Tuesday, April 10. And don’t forget to order your NTI T-shirt at the presale price of $15 plus tax and $3 shipping until April 4. Proceeds from all T-shirt sales benefit AACN’s host chapter, Metropolitan Orlando.

4. CALL TO ACTION Preregister for certification exams at NTI by April 20
The afternoon of Monday, May 21, AACN Certification Corporation will administer CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CCNS, ACNPC and CNML specialty exams and CMC (cardiac medicine) and CSC (cardiac surgery) subspecialty exams on-site at the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), Orlando, Fla. All exams are paper and pencil. Preregistration using a special NTI exam application is required. Payment of exam fees must accompany your NTI exam application and arrive at AACN no later than Friday, April 20.

5. EVIDENCE Study in AJCC says less nurse autonomy associated with moral distress
March’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) includes “Professional Autonomy, Collaboration With Physicians, and Moral Distress Among European Intensive Care Nurses,” which finds that lower autonomy is associated with increased frequency and intensity of moral distress and lower levels of nurse-physician collaboration.

6. RESOURCE Hartford Institute 2012 Geriatric Nursing Research Scholars Program
The scholars program is an opportunity for researchers in academia or hospitals to participate in a seminar at NYU College of Nursing, July 30-Aug. 3. This summer’s program is an in-depth mentoring experience with nationally recognized gerontologic nursing researchers, featuring Mathy Mezey, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing; Meredeth Rowe, College of Nursing, University of South Florida; and Elaine J. Amella, College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina. For more information, visit the event website, call (212) 992-9416 or email hartford.ign@nyu.edu. Deadline to apply: May 15.

7. RESOURCE Register for ultrasound course
Advanced practice nurses may register for “Point-of-Care Ultrasound for the Emergency and Critically Ill Patient.” Offered by the Association for Medical Ultrasound, the course includes hands-on experiences and is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Las Vegas.

8. RESOURCE AACN scholarships support EBP programs
AACN Continuing Professional Development Scholarships support University of Texas’ Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and other EBP programs that help AACN members achieve their career goals. Now in its 11th year, the Summer Institute — July 19-21 at the Grand Hyatt Riverwalk in San Antonio — builds capacity for healthcare providers to shape the future of healthcare quality and safety through translating evidence into practice. For more information, visit the event website. Learn more about AACN scholarship opportunities. Except for deadlines for targeted programs, AACN members can apply for scholarships anytime throughout the year.

9. CALL TO ACTION Register for ‘A Slice of AACN NTI’
Contemporary Forums and AACN continue their collaboration with the third annual “A Slice of AACN NTI,” April 9-13, Paris Hotel, Las Vegas. Nationally recognized faculty from AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) will share their expertise in high acuity and critical care. Earn up to 30.5 CE hours while networking with your colleagues from across the country. Online registration deadline: April 8, or register on-site with a credit card or cash.

10. CALL TO ACTION Apply for ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowships
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), Horsham, Pa., is accepting applications for two learning opportunities in medication error prevention that start in July. The 12-month ISMP Fellowship will be held at ISMP’s office. For the FDA-ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowship the candidate will spend six months at ISMP and six at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md. These programs help prepare healthcare professionals to lead the way in medication safety. Relocation to each area is required. Access further information, qualifications and applications. Applications can also be requested by calling (215) 947-7797 or via email. Application deadline: March 30. AACN members may apply for AACN Special Interest Scholarships to participate in ISMP programs.

11. CALL TO ACTION Yale Heart Study asks nurses to promote survey
The Yale Heart Study, funded through a grant from the National Health, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., asks nurses to encourage patients to participate in this research of the care-seeking behavior and experiences of people who have had an acute myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome episode. The online survey, approved by the Yale University Institutional Review Board, takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Nurses can download a newsletter paragraph describing the study and download or order free copies of flyers, posters and bookmarks. Email Angelo Alonzo for more information.

12. CE OF THE MONTH Study in AJCC finds poor correlation between bispectral index (BIS) and sedation scale
Bispectral Index Values, Sedation-Agitation Scores and Plasma Lorazepam Concentrations in Critically Ill Surgical Patients,” a continuing education (CE) article in March’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds poor correlation between the BIS and scores on the Sedation-Agitation Scale. Correlation between the BIS and the plasma concentration of lorazepam was modestly better, but insufficient for clinical utility.

13. BOOKSTORE New medical procedures pocket guide
Tarascon Medical Procedures Pocketbook,” a new evidence-based, point-of-care reference guide, includes step-by-step techniques and coding for 45 common ambulatory care and hospital procedures. Access this reference and other new titles.

14. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Resource

Access “Tubing Misconnections Self Assessment for Healthcare Facilities” from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Horsham, Pa. The tool evaluates current systems, ease of connection and potential for patient harm, then assigns a risk priority score.

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
“The goal of wound care nurses is to raise the bar in wound care management. In light of current health care and economic issues, we need now more than ever to step up and define our position. Wound care teams have the potential to save hospitals money, improve patient outcomes, and raise the ‘novice-to-expert’ bar related to wound care for nurses in every unit with a consultancy team approach.” — Zelia Ann Kifer, “Fast Facts for Wound Care Nursing: Practical Wound Management in a Nutshell.”

Together. Stronger. Bolder.
From March’s AACN Bold Voices
Our Personal Catalysts” — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012
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