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April 4, 2013
NEWS - Predicting hospital readmissions
AACN NEWS - Free webinar series
EVIDENCE - Antiretroviral therapy in ICU
ACTION - NTI early-bird registration ends April 4
Intervention research provides you with the opportunity to have a profound impact on outcomes and the things that matter most to you.”
"Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Funding,"
by Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk and Dianne Morrison-Beedy
Early-bird registration for NTI 2013 ends Thursday, April 4
Don’t miss the opportunity to save $76 on your registration fees for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI). High-quality learning and networking, plus a little time for relaxation and fun in Boston, add up to an extraordinary NTI experience. Search sessions, sign up for a hotel room through the AACN Housing Bureau and show your spirit with an NTI T-shirt.
Participate in National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) — a grassroots initiative to encourage people to talk about their end-of-life preferences with family, friends and healthcare providers and to complete an advance directive. The NHDD website provides detailed information, forms and resources.
Preregister for certification exams at NTI by April 19
The afternoon of Monday, May 20, AACN Certification Corporation will offer CCRN, CCRN-E, PCCN, CCNS, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG and CNML specialty exams and CMC (cardiac medicine) and CSC (cardiac surgery) subspecialty exams on-site at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Boston. All exams will be 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 19.
Submit learning session abstracts for NTI 2014
Please read the submission guidelines for Live Educational Sessions at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 17-22, 2014, in Denver. Submit an abstract by 11:59 p.m. PT Monday, June 3, 2013.
CSC Subspecialty Certification Review Course
Candidates for AACN’s CSC (cardiac surgery) subspecialty certification exam have access to a new online certification review course. Based on and fully aligned with the CSC test plan adopted in 2012, the course provides comprehensive, topic-specific content and review questions and offers 12.4 CNE hours. The course is intended to help prospective CSC certificants prepare for the exam by reaffirming clinical knowledge and removing uncertainty about what to expect. Presented by nurse educator Myra Ellis, the course is available on-demand from the AACN website and may be purchased in AACN’s online bookstore for $99 members/$119 nonmembers.
Participate in survey on ICU bereavement practices
Jennifer McAdam and Alyssa Erikson, nurse researchers from Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, Calif., are seeking nurse managers of adult ICUs to participate in a study on bereavement practices offered by adult ICUs in the U.S. After completing the confidential online survey, which takes about 10 minutes, the first 200 respondents can submit their email address to receive a $5 e-gift card from Starbucks. Email McAdam with questions or call her at (415) 218-3986.
Article in CCN discusses antiretroviral therapy administration in the ICU
April’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN) includes “Pharmacological Considerations in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Adults in the Intensive Care Unit,” which examines the nurse’s role in initiating and administering antiretroviral therapy in the ICU and reducing the risk of drug interactions associated with this therapy.
CNE article in CCN reviews aortic stenosis
“Aortic Stenosis: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Medical Management of Nonsurgical Patients,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in April’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), provides an overview of this condition, including nursing considerations.
Poor quantity and quality of sleep in ICU patients
“Characterisation of Sleep in Intensive Care Using 24 Hour Polysomnography: An Observational Study,” posted online March 18 by Critical Care, finds poor quantity and quality of sleep in ICU patients and concludes that a sound reduction program and other interventions are needed to promote sleep.
Hemoglobin may indicate effectiveness of acute HF treatment
“The Predictive Value of Short Term Changes in Hemoglobin Concentration in Patients Presenting with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure (HF),” which JACC: Journal of the American College of Cardiology posted online March 13, finds that a rapid increase in hemoglobin during the first week of treatment for acute HF is associated with a “favorable outcome.”
Multidisciplinary team needed to reduce residual CLABSIs
“Beyond the Bundle – Journey of a Tertiary Care Medical Intensive Care Unit to Zero Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs),” which Critical Care posted online March 4, concludes that efforts to reduce residual CLABSIs “require a strategic multidisciplinary team approach focused on epidemiologic investigations of practitioner- or unit-specific etiologies.”
New model may predict hospital readmissions
“Potentially Avoidable 30-Day Hospital Readmissions in Medical Patients: Derivation and Validation of a Prediction Model,” posted online March 25 by JAMA Internal Medicine, concludes the model “has potential to easily identify patients who may need more intensive transitional care interventions.”
Paper calls for increased patient engagement
On March 25, the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care, Washington, D.C., released “Fostering Successful Patient and Family Engagement: Nursing’s Critical Role,” which calls for supporting nurses in increasing patient engagement and supporting patients and their families in meeting the challenges of making health and healthcare decisions. The paper outlines six areas of opportunity, including aligning payment incentives to encourage patient engagement.
Advanced age is risk factor for mortality
“ICU Admission Characteristics and Mortality Rates Among Elderly and Very Elderly Patients,” in October 2012’s Intensive Care Medicine, concludes advanced age should be considered a “significant independent risk factor for mortality, especially for ICU patients older than 75.”
Practice Alert: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections account for nearly 40 percent of hospital-associated infections in acute care hospitals, leading to increased hospital costs and higher patient morbidity and mortality rates. This AACN Practice Alert stresses the use of pre- and post-catheterization assessments to gauge proper catheter use and to monitor early indications of infection. Access additional AACN Practice Alerts.
New format, new content for CCN
Critical Care Nurse (CCN), one of AACN’s premier peer-reviewed journals for high acuity, progressive and critical care nurses, has a fresh look and new content, including a certification review column that premieres this month and a CCN-Cochrane Review column that will debut in August to provide summaries of nursing care-relevant reviews published by The Cochrane Collaboration — an internationally recognized organization that produces and disseminates reviews of research on the effectiveness of healthcare therapies.
Free monthly acute and critical care webinars
This month, AACN introduces a series of free, 30-minute clinical webinars presented by nationally recognized speakers. Designed to provide current evidence-based practices and implementation tools for acute and critical care nurses, the series launches Thursday, April 18 with Kathleen Vollman’s presentation, “Evidence vs. Tradition: Examining the Science of Bathing Critically Ill Adults.” She will discuss the current evidence and how to implement a new bathing practice. Next will be “Sepsis Update: Early Identification and Management,” Thursday, May 9, presented by Thomas Ahrens. Registration includes the live session, implementation tools and access to recorded archives. Learn more and register.
AACN CSI Academy adds Pennsylvania hospitals
Expanding to its fifth region since launching last June, AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy selects seven Pennsylvania hospitals to join the program. AACN CSI Academy is an innovative, hospital-based nurse leadership and skill-building program that empowers teams of bedside nurses to measurably improve patient outcomes and bottom-line impact to hospitals. AACN CSI Academy director Susan Lacey will serve as faculty lead for the 16-month Philadelphia-area program. The new Pennsylvania cohort joins current groups in Indiana, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Texas, bringing to 35 the total number of participating hospitals.
From April's AACN Bold Voices
"Dare to Pay It Forward (or Back)"— Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
Member Price: $5.00 (Non-Member: $6.00)
The Nurse Manager's Guide to Innovative Staffing
Author: J. Mensik
(Book, 254 pages, 2013)
Nurse Managers, are you struggling with staffing schedules, productivity, and quality of care? Face it, managing day to day issues-such as how to staff, schedule, assess tradeoffs, maintain morale, deal with schedule hogs, and effectively run a unit-is a difficult job and something that you were never trained to do in nursing school. What you need is a book that provides easy to understand examples to obtain quality outcomes, staff satisfaction, and patient satisfaction./p>
Member Price: $28.00 (Non-Member: $29.95)
Arterial Blood Gases Made Easy
Author: I. Hennessey, A. Japp
(Pocket Guide, 152 pages, 2007)
This book covers all aspects of the arterial blood gas in a simple, user-friendly manner. The first part explains the technique, the values obtained and common patterns of abnormalities, while the second part comprises a series of worked examples and case scenarios to allow the reader to put this system into practice.
Member Price: $32.25 (Non-Member: $33.95)
Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit: A Guide for the New Clinical Nurse Specialist
Editor: M. Duffy, S. Dresser, J. Fulton
(Book, 192 pages, 2009)
The Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit serves as a one-stop, all-inclusive guide designed for novice Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) just getting started in this exciting new career.
Member Price: $39.00 (Non-Member: $42.00)
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