Critical Care Newsline — October 4, 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.

Oct. 4, 2012

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1. NEWS AACN offers RSS feeds
2. NEWS October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month
3. CALL TO ACTION Apply for AACN scholarship for NIWI by Oct. 15
4. EVIDENCE Study in CCN identifies frequency of long QT syndrome
5. CNE ARTICLE Hematologic assessment is focus of article in CCN
6. EVIDENCE Long-term survival after AVR in the elderly is ‘excellent’
7. NTI Give the gift of learning and networking
8. FACEBOOK Join the online conversation
9. CALL TO ACTION Apply for AACN research grants
10. CALL TO ACTION Participate in a study on nurses’ perceptions of culture of safety
11. NEW IN BOOKSTORE ACNPC certification study guide
12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
13. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. NEWS AACN offers RSS feeds
AACN’s RSS feeds automatically deliver important critical care and high acuity nursing information directly to you, keeping you up-to-date on the latest news, evidence-based practices, clinical resources and peer-reviewed articles. RSS gathers online information in one convenient place, eliminating the need to search the Web for content. AACN’s RSS subscriptions currently include a general AACN news feed, plus feeds for American Journal of Critical Care and Critical Care Nurse. Learn more and subscribe.

2. NEWS October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness (SCA) Month, an initiative of the Heart Rhythm Society, Washington, D.C., highlights SCA as a serious problem distinct from myocardial infarction. SCA claims one life every two minutes, taking more lives each year than breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS. Order a free SCA Starter Kit.

3. CALL TO ACTION Apply for AACN scholarship for NIWI by Oct. 15
For the fourth year, AACN is offering scholarships for the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program — March 24-26, 2013, Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance, this three-day internship teaches clinicians how to advance healthcare agendas through the legislative process. Scholarship applicants must be AACN members. Deadline to apply with AACN: Monday, Oct. 15.

4. EVIDENCE Study in CCN identifies frequency of long QT syndrome
October’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN) contains “Acquired Long QT Syndrome: Frequency, Onset, and Risk Factors in Intensive Care Patients,” which includes medications associated with the syndrome.

5. CNE ARTICLE Hematologic assessment is focus of article in CCN
Beyond the Bloody Mess: Hematologic Assessment,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in October’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), discusses the hematologic assessment of an elderly patient who was taking warfarin for chronic atrial fibrillation and experienced serious hemorrhaging after she fell.

6. EVIDENCE Long-term survival after AVR in the elderly is ‘excellent’
Long-Term Survival After Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR) Among High-Risk Elderly Patients in the United States,” in the Sept. 25 Circulation, concludes long-term survival after surgical AVR is “excellent,” but patients with a high perioperative risk of mortality and those with certain comorbidities such as severe lung disease or renal failure have a “particularly poor” long-term prognosis.

7. NTI Give the gift of learning and networking
Start planning 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. If you order between now and Oct. 19 you will receive the NTI 2012 price.

8. FACEBOOK Join the online conversation
Join the daily online conversation with the AACN community on our Facebook page. Recent hot topics have included “Dare To,” Beacon awards, AACN chapters and NTI 2013 in Boston. Take a look, and please “Like” our page while you’re there.

9. CALL TO ACTION Apply for AACN research grants
AACN invites clinicians and researchers to apply for its research grants, which range from $10,000 to $50,000. They fund priority projects that address gaps in clinical research and support the translation of these findings to bedside nurses. Applications must be submitted online by Thursday, Nov. 1. Learn more and get started.

10. CALL TO ACTION Participate in a study on nurses’ perceptions of culture of safety
Kathryn Whalen, a doctoral student at Regis College, Weston, Mass., is conducting a research study on critical care nurses’ perceptions of the culture of safety in their workplace. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Email Whalen if you have questions.

11. NEW IN BOOKSTORE ACNPC certification study guide
Get ready for your ACNPC exam with “Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification Study Questions Book,” 2nd ed., which contains 300 problem-oriented, multiple-choice questions that include answers, rationales and bibliographic references. Questions are representative of those on actual ACNPC certification exams. Access other books and resources in AACN’s Online Bookstore.

12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Evidence

Predicting the Risk of Unplanned Readmission or Death Within 30 Days of Discharge After a Heart Failure Hospitalization,” in September’s American Heart Journal, finds that four administrative models aren’t “sufficiently accurate” to identify which patients with heart failure require extra resources at discharge.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., reports a comprehensive unit-based safety program and interventions to improve safety culture reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections by 40 percent across 1,100 participating ICUs.

Guidelines
Access “Critical Care Management of Patients Following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Recommendations From the Neurocritical Care Society’s Multidisciplinary Consensus Conference” and “Guidelines for the Evaluation and Management of Status Epilepticus” from the Neurocritical Care Society, Minneapolis.

13. 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 employees who get ahead go beyond their job; they take initiative, create these opportunities, and solve problems that block progress.” Allan Cohen and David Bradford, “Influencing Up.”

Dare To
From October’s AACN Bold Voices
Dare to Compete” — Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
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