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April 11, 2013
NEWS - Novel influenza virus in China
AACN NEWS - Subspecialty certification review courses
EVIDENCE - Four practices not supported by evidence
ACTION - Vote for your AACN leaders
For the millennial who enjoys multitasking, it seems as though he or she never quite has time to sit calmly at eye level with his or her patient for nurse interactions. To the traditionalist patient this may seem rude and disrespectful, even though that is clearly not what was intended.”
"The Nurse Manager's Guide to an Intergenerational Workforce," by Bonnie Clipper
There's still time to register for a Sunrise Session at NTI
Sunrise Sessions, May 21 and 22, 7-8:30 a.m. ET, at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), Boston, are free, educational presentations where experts discuss a wide variety of topics on nursing practice. You must be registered for NTI and then reserve a seat in advance through the NTI Network; space is limited. Sessions include a plated breakfast and offer 1.0 continuing education recognition point (CERP).
National Healthcare Decisions Day: April 16
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), a grassroots initiative to encourage people to talk about advance care planning with family, friends and healthcare providers and to complete an advance directive. The NHDD website provides detailed information, forms and resources.
Vote for AACN Board and Nominating Committee
Be sure to vote for the AACN 2014-16 Board of Directors and 2014 Nominating Committee. Voting ends Monday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET. View candidate profiles online and cast your vote, or indicate your decision to abstain. A response of 5 percent of eligible voters is required for a valid election. For questions, contact Melinda Messenger-Stout, volunteer specialist, at 1-800-394-5995, ext. 331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for free monthly webinars
Register for "Evidence vs. Tradition: Examining the Science of Bathing Critically Ill Adults," the first in AACN's series of free monthly webinars. On Thursday, April 18, Kathleen Vollman will discuss traditional bed-bathing and how to implement a newer, evidence-based practice. The AACN Critical Care Webinar Series features nationally recognized speakers presenting on high-interest topics in acute, critical and progressive care, and offers implementation tools for putting new practices in place. The series continues next month with "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.
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.
Participate in survey on job satisfaction
Courtney Warren, a graduate nursing student at Albany State University, Ga., invites critical care nurses to participate in a study on job satisfaction. The online, confidential survey will take no more than 30 minutes to complete. Email Warren with questions, or call her at (229) 292-1317.
CNE article in CCN reviews areas where evidence doesn't support practice
"Putting Evidence Into Nursing Practice: Four Traditional Practices Not Supported by the Evidence," a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in April's Critical Care Nurse (CCN), discusses noninvasive measurement of blood pressure in children, oxygen administration for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, intravenous catheter size, and blood administration and infection control practices to prevent infections.
Review finds rapid response systems effective
"Rapid-Response Systems as a Patient Safety Strategy: A Systematic Review," in the March 5 Annals of Internal Medicine, finds these systems reduce rates of cardiopulmonary arrest outcomes outside the ICU and decrease mortality. Access related resources from the Patient Safety Network at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md.
Pediatric VAD now standard treatment for bridge-to-transplant
"The Berlin Heart EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) for Bridge to Heart Transplantation in US Children," which Circulation posted online March 28, finds that use of the device has "risen dramatically over the past decade emerging as the new treatment standard" for pediatric bridge-to-transplant. Of 204 patients supported with EXCOR, 75 percent survived 12 months later. The leading cause of death was neurological dysfunction.
CDC health advisory on novel influenza virus in China
On April 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, issued a health advisory related to 14 cases of human infection with a novel avian influenza A (H7N9) in China. The patients were hospitalized with severe respiratory illness, and six have died. No person-to-person transmission or epidemiologic link between any of the cases has been identified, but the CDC recommends clinicians "consider the possibility of novel influenza A (H7N9) virus infection in persons with respiratory illness and an appropriate travel or exposure history." The advisory includes recommendations for case investigation and testing.
NINR fatigue/sleep boot camp
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), Bethesda, Md., has opened registration for its Fatigue/Sleep Methodologies Boot Camp, July 22-26. This intensive training program at the National Institutes of Health, which features lectures by distinguished guest speakers, classroom discussion and laboratory training, will help increase the research capability of graduate students and faculty by providing a foundation in fatigue/sleep research methodologies. Registration is free, but attendees pay for housing, food and transportation.
Many patients who discontinue statins for ill effects can resume them
"Discontinuation of Statins in Routine Care Settings: A Cohort Study" finds that most patients who resume statins after discontinuing them because of negative effects are able to continue therapy long term. "This suggests that many of the statin-related events may have other causes, are tolerable, or may be specific to individual statins rather than the entire drug class," notes the study, which Annals of Internal Medicine posted online April 2.
Immunization schedules for adults and children
Access summaries from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., for "Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years and Older – United States, 2013," and "Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years – United States, 2013."
Heparin label change effective May 1
Effective May 1, a heparin label change requires manufacturers of Heparin Lock Flush Solution, USP and Heparin Sodium Injection, USP to clearly state the strength of the entire container of medication followed by how much medication is in 1 milliliter (mL). These modifications will eliminate the need to calculate the total amount of heparin medication in a product containing more than 1 mL, which reduces the risk of medication error. Products with both the old and new labels will be available during the transition, creating the potential for errors. Access resources from the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Md.
New at NTI: One-day Patient Safety Summit
The Patient Safety Summit at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Boston, Wednesday, May 22, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., will help participants improve patient outcomes and their hospital's bottom line. It will feature renowned industry experts, including Lucian Leape, a founder of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Boston. Topics include drug shortages, infusion systems and standardization implementation. The one-day program is free for NTI attendees, but you must register in advance. Come for the day if you live in the Boston area. NOTE: If you haven't done so, be sure to register for NTI and reserve your hotel room through AACN's Housing Bureau.
CMC and CSC subspecialty certification review courses
Candidates for AACN's CMC (cardiac medicine) and CSC (cardiac surgery) subspecialty certification exams can access new review courses. Based on and fully aligned with the test plans adopted in 2012, the courses provide comprehensive, topic-specific content and review questions and offer 11.0 (CMC) or 12.4 (CSC) CNE hours. They are intended to help prospective certificants prepare for the exams by reaffirming clinical knowledge and removing uncertainty about what to expect. The CMC review (presented by Leanna Miller) and the CSC review (presented by Myra Ellis) are available on-demand from the AACN website and may be purchased in AACN's online bookstore.
From April's AACN Bold Voices
"Dare to Pay It Forward (or Back)"— Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
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12-Lead ECG Clipboard
Author: T. Norton
Immediately identify areas of injury to the heart with this sturdy, legal-size clipboard imprinted with an actual 12-Lead ECG tracing.
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CSC Certification Review Course Online
Based on the 2012 test plan, this review course helps candidates for AACN's CSC (cardiac surgery) subspecialty certification better prepare for the exam. The CSC certification review will equip you with knowledge about the care and treatment of patients undergoing surgery for coronary artery revascularization, cardiac valve repair/replacement, and thoracic aorta repair.
Member Price: $99.00 (Non-Member: $119.00)
Change Leadership in Nursing - How Change Occurs in a Complex Hospital System
Author: M. Hickey, P. Kritek
(Book, 400 pages, 2011)
This truly unique volume chronicles the systemic efforts of the nursing department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, to make an already outstanding system even better.
Member Price: $61.75 (Non-Member: $65.00)
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