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November 21, 2012
NEWS - SCCM identifies shortage of intravenous loop diuretics
ACTION - Submit abstracts for TeamSTEPPS National Conference
EVIDENCE - Device-associated infections among neonatal ICU patients
ACTION - Nominate for 2014 Distinguished Research Lectureship
ACTION - Give the gift of learning at NTI
James Reason's 'Swiss cheese model' is the dominant paradigm for understanding the relationship between active ('sharp end') and latent ('blunt end') errors; it is important to resist the temptation to focus solely on the former and neglect the latter."”
"Understanding Patient Safety ," 2nd ed., by Robert Wachter
Submit abstracts for Patient Safety Congress
Submit a speaker or poster abstract for the National Patient Safety Foundation's 15th Annual Patient Safety Congress, May 8-10, 2013, in New Orleans. Speaker abstracts will be considered in the areas of health information technology, risk prevention, employee engagement, transformation models for safe healthcare delivery, and patient and family engagement. Speaker deadline is Nov. 25; poster deadline is Dec. 28.
Submit poster abstract for National Nursing Ethics Conference
Submit a poster abstract for Ethics of Caring's second National Nursing Ethics Conference, March 21-22, 2013, in Los Angeles. The conference theme is "Cultivating Ethical Awareness: Moments of Truth," and the objective is to motivate and empower participants with skills, courage and knowledge to speak confidently and to be creative and steadfast when tackling ethical challenges. Deadline: Nov. 26. Learn more and submit an abstract online.
Nominate for 2014 Distinguished Research Lectureship
Nominate a nationally recognized nurse researcher, who must be an AACN member, to be the next AACN Distinguished Research Lecturer. Honorees represent a legacy of contributions to acute and critical care nursing. Funded by a grant from Philips Healthcare, Andover, Mass., the award recognizes nurses whose program of research significantly influences high acuity and critical care. Submit nominations by Saturday, Dec. 1.
Apply for HAI reduction award
For the third year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, of which AACN is a member, are sponsoring a program to recognize teams of critical care professionals and healthcare institutions for outstanding leadership to eliminate or reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Apply for an award by Dec. 19.
Submit abstracts for TeamSTEPPS National Conference
Submit a speaker or poster abstract for the TeamSTEPPS National Conference 2013, June 12-13, in Dallas. Conference organizers will consider abstracts on a variety of topics, including implementation, education, measurement, leadership, leveraging technology, and developing and engaging staff. Deadline: Dec. 21.
Give the gift of learning at NTI
Plan for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) — Saturday, May 18 through Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Boston, with an AACN gift certificate. Give a nurse colleague access to NTI's essential knowledge, resources and networking opportunities.
Participate in study on political awareness, actions of critical care nurses
Joe Degitz and Maureen Cluskey, nurse researchers at Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., are conducting a study to measure the political awareness and actions of critical care nurses. Participate by completing the survey, which takes about 10 minutes. Contact Degitz via email or phone, (309) 677-2571, or call Cluskey at (309) 677-2540 if you have questions.
Complete survey to enter drawing for gift certificate
We invite you to share your suggestions and comments on the revised AACN CriticalCare eNewsline by participating in a short survey. Once you complete the survey, you will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate for the AACN Online Bookstore.
Understanding ICU nurse communication can improve patient care, study in AJCC says
"Communication by Nurses in the Intensive Care Unit: Qualitative Analysis of Domains of Patient-Centered Care," in November's American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), concludes that understanding how nurses engage in patient-centered communication can guide future interventions to improve patient-centered care.
CNE of the Month: Study in AJCC finds many family members' psych symptoms linger more than three months after ICU experience
"Psychological Symptoms of Family Members of High-Risk Intensive Care Unit Patients," a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in November's American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that family members' symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression significantly decreased three months after the ICU experience but noted that many family members still had significant risk for PTSD and borderline anxiety and depression.
Device-associated infections among neonatal ICU patients
"Device-Associated Infections Among Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Patients: Incidence and Associated Pathogens Reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network, 2006-2008," in December's Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, finds that neonates who weigh 750 grams or less were most likely to have device-associated infections, and except for ventilator associated pneumonia, infection incident rates didn't vary significantly between children's and general hospitals.
SCCM identifies shortage of intravenous loop diuretics
On Nov. 16, the Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM's) Drug Shortages Task Force, Mount Prospect, Ill., announced it has identified a shortage leading to variable availability of intravenous loop diuretics, including bumetanide, furosemide and torsemide. Access information about drug shortages from the American Society of Heath-System Pharmacists, Bethesda, Md.
Track new developments in fungal meningitis outbreak
Get the latest information on fungal meningitis and other infection outbreaks in patients who received contaminated steroid injections on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Updates are posted each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Access CDC's 'Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work' materials
Promote the appropriate use of antibiotics with education materials from the "Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work" campaign, directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta. Resources include posters, brochures, podcasts and "Treatment Guidelines for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections."
'AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice'
The new edition of "AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice" describes the expected level of practice and professional performance for acute care nurse practitioners, incorporating advances in scientific knowledge, clinical practice, technology and other changes in the healthcare environment. Access all three formats: print ($10 member, $25 nonmember); downloadable PDF (free); and Kindle ($3.99).
From November's AACN Bold Voices
"Dare to Explore Possibilities"— Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
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