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August 8, 2013
AACN NEWS - Practice Alert on pain assessment
ACTION - Submit poster abstracts for NTI2014
AACN NEWS - Grant applications open Sept. 1
NEWS - Risk factors for diarrhea in ICU
No amount of preparation can save a conversation if the person who brings up the failed promise isn’t in the right frame of mind.”
“Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Promises, and Bad Behavior,” by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler
Help revise ANA Code of Ethics
Apply to help the American Nurses Association (ANA) revise the “Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements.” The ANA is seeking applications to serve on a steering committee and an advisory committee. This is a unique opportunity to influence the ethical standards expected across the nursing profession. Complete an application by Aug. 21.
Apply to take certification exams at TRENDS
Paper and pencil administration of the CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CMC, CSC and CNML exams will be offered at the “TRENDS in Critical Care Nursing” conference in King of Prussia, Pa., in the Philadelphia area, on Friday Oct. 4. You must send payment with the special TRENDS exam application, and both must arrive at AACN no later than Wednesday, Sept. 4. Get more information and download an application. For a CNML application email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit poster abstracts for NTI2014
Submit poster abstracts for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) — Saturday, May 17, to Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Denver — in three categories: Research, Evidence-based Solutions and Chapter Best Practice. Read the Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines first. Submission deadline: Friday, Sept. 13.
Sept. 17-20: AACN Progressive Care Pathways, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
With faculty experts who understand firsthand the challenges of caring for “not quite ICU” patients, the evidence-based content will address a wide range of progressive care patients’ needs and provide direct clinical application of the evidence. The conference is ideal for nurses practicing in stepdown, intermediate, telemetry, transitional, high acuity, direct observation or med-surg units who treat patients who are moderately stable with a high risk of becoming unstable. Register by Aug. 20 and save.
Sept. 18-20: AACN Nurse Manager Priorities, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
For inpatient nurse managers and charge nurses at the point of care, this beyond-the-basics conference includes forward-thinking influential leaders who will guide learning. The content focuses on a nurse manager’s three critical responsibilities — managing the business, managing people and managing yourself. Join interactive case studies, lively discussions and presentations on management issues that are fundamental to nurse leaders in critical care. Register by Aug. 20 and save.
CNE article in CCN presents case study on plasmapheresis
“Plasmapheresis in the Management of Severe Hypertriglyceridemia,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), presents a case report of a woman with diabetic ketoacidosis and severe hypertriglyceridemia who was treated with plasmapheresis.
Article in CCN discusses toxic epidermal necrolysis
“Supportive Therapy for a Patient With Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Undergoing Plasmapheresis,” in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), describes this rare, life-threatening condition and includes a case report.
Frequent debridement improves wound healing
“Frequency of Debridements and Time to Heal: A Retrospective Cohort Study of 312,744 Wounds,” published online July 24 in JAMA Dermatology, concludes, “The more frequent the debridements, the better the healing outcomes.” A total of 71 percent of wounds healed, and the median number of debridements was two.
Collaborative QI model reduces pediatric ICU pressure ulcers
A collaborative quality improvement (QI) model reduced pressure ulcers in a pediatric ICU by more than 50 percent, according to “A Quality-Improvement Collaborative Project to Reduce Pressure Ulcers in PICUs,” in June’s Pediatrics.
Risk factors for diarrhea in ICU
The risk factors for diarrhea in the ICU are enteral nutrition covering more than 60 percent of the energy target and use of antibiotics and antifungal drugs, according to “Diarrhoea in the Intensive Care Unit: Respective Contribution of Feeding and Antibiotics.” The study, posted online July 24 in Critical Care, finds that “diarrhoea incidence during the first two weeks in a mixed population of patients in a tertiary ICU is 14%.”
Primer on root cause analysis (RCA)
Access the patient safety primer “Root Cause Analysis,” from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md. RCA is a structured method for analyzing serious adverse events.
New AACN Practice Alert
AACN offers a new Practice Alert: Assessing Pain in the Critically Ill Adult. It provides quick access to evidence-based nursing practices recommended by AACN to gauge pain in adults who may not be able to self-report. The alert outlines four nursing practices — with supporting evidence — to better assess pain in critically ill adults to optimize outcomes and improve patient satisfaction. Access other AACN Practice Alerts; all are provided free of charge.
Register for free 30-minute webinar on delirium, Sept. 19
Get help implementing delirium monitoring and management strategies – register for the next program in the free AACN Critical Care Webinar Series. On Sept. 19, Leanne Boehm of Vanderbilt University will present “Delirium Challenge: Assessing and Managing in Acute/Critical Care.” Boehm’s webinar will explore the latest thinking around delirium monitoring tools and operationalizing best practices. The event is the second session in a three-part webinar miniseries devoted to interpreting new pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines. Registration includes the live session, implementation tools and resources, an online discussion forum and access to the on-demand recording. Learn more and register.
AACN grant applications open Sept. 1
AACN invites clinicians and researchers to apply for its 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 open Sept. 1 and must be submitted online by Nov. 1. Learn more and get started.
Search for AACN chief executive officer
AACN seeks to fill the position of the retiring CEO. The position is based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., with a master’s degree preferred, ideally in healthcare or finance. A successful candidate will know, understand and have passion for AACN’s mission and vision, ready to make a significant national impact on nursing and healthcare. Critical for success are visionary leadership and strategic thinking with the ability to form strong internal and external partnerships, build trust and create healthy work environments. Learn more and apply.
From August's AACN Bold Voices
"What Is Your Wake?" — Vicki Good, AACN President 2013-2014
AACN Sepsis Pocket Reference Card
(Pocket Cards, 2013)
Updated with the new 2013 guidelines. The Sepsis management pocket reference addresses: Criteria for differentiating sepsis vs. severe sepsis Goal-directed sepsis resuscitation measures Sepsis management measures Measures to support critically ill patients with sepsis Practice Alerts related to managing patients with sepsis Updated with the new 2013 guidelines.
Member Price: $2.00 (Non-Member: $4.00)
Core Curriculum for Progressive Care Nursing
(Book, 605 pages, 2010)
The only reference focused on progressive care nursing, this complete reference includes all of the key information you need to know for success in practice and on the PCCN certification exam. Expert authors provide the most authoritative content on caring for patients in step-down, intermediate and telemetry units and prepare you to treat patients from every phase of progressive care.
Member Price: $72.85 (Non-Member: $80.95)
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