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August 22, 2013
NEWS - FDA announcements
AACN NEWS - Search for AACN chief executive officer
AACN NEWS - TRENDS exam app, payment by Sept. 4
ACTION - ISMP survey on disrespectful behavior
The experience of nursing, the passionate mission for patients and caregivers, creativity, and persistence combine to create great executives who are successful in the corner office.”
“Claiming the Corner Office: Executive Leadership Lessons for Nurses,”
by Connie Curran and Therese Fitzpatrick
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. Learn more and download an application. For a CNML application email email@example.com.
Complete a survey from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), Horsham, Pa., on disrespectful behavior in the workplace by Aug. 30.
ISMP is offering a webinar on barcode medication administration (BCMA) on Sept. 10 from 1:30-3 p.m. ET. “Raising the Bar for BCMA: Addressing Pharmacy Challenges, Nursing Engagement, and Data Analysis to Improve Practice” features two organizations that share the experience of advancing patient safety by optimizing BCMA. Access pricing options and register.
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 is Friday, Sept. 13.
Join the online conversation
Stay connected with the AACN community wherever you go. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and join the discussion online. Invite your friends and colleagues to join in as well. While you’re there, let us know the topics you’d like us to explore. It’s your community!
Article in CCN highlights humanitarian work of critical care nurses
August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN) contains “Tales From the Sea: Critical Care Nurses Serving Aboard the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy,” which includes lessons learned from these experiences at sea and highlights nursing practice.
CNE of the Month: Article in CCN discusses craniosynostosis
“Craniosynostosis: Caring for Infants and Their Families,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), discusses definitions, diagnosis, treatment and parental support.
Risk of deep vein thrombosis higher with PICCs than CVCs
Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) “are associated with a higher risk of deep vein thrombosis” than central venous catheters (CVCs), especially in patients who are critically ill or those with a malignancy, according to “Risk of Venous Thromboembolism Associated With Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” in July 27’s The Lancet.
On Aug. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., announced that Covidien is recalling 14 lots of its Monojet prefill flush syringes, because they contain non-sterilized water that could lead to life-threatening infections. Some of the syringes, which administer saline or heparin, also have mismatched caps, labels and wrappers.
On Aug. 15, the FDA announced that drug labels and medication guides for fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs must be updated to better describe the potentially serious adverse effects of peripheral neuropathy. Patients who develop symptoms of peripheral neuropathy should be switched to a non-fluoroquinolone antibacterial drug, unless the benefit of continued treatment with a fluoroquinolone outweighs the risk.
On Aug. 14, the FDA announced that Specialty Compounding, Cedar Park, Texas, recalled all its sterile products after reports at two Texas hospitals of bacterial bloodstream infections in 15 patients who received an infusion of calcium gluconate supplied by the company. “There is a potential association between the infections and the medication at this time,” the FDA says.
‘AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice’
“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).
Access CDC Stacks, a free, digital archive of scientific research and literature produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta.
Tele-ICU Nursing Guidelines
“AACN Tele-ICU Nursing Practice Guidelines” brings consistency in nursing practice across new and existing tele-ICUs, serving as a benchmark for the growing number of RNs who practice within the tele-ICU model of care. The document defines tele-ICU nursing and identifies the guidelines and essential elements to help tele-ICU nurses, managers and program directors evaluate their individual or unit practice. Download the guidelines as a free PDF, or purchase a booklet through AACN’s website.
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, and be 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.
AACN offers scholarships to attend Nurse in Washington Internship
The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI), held annually in Washington, D.C., teaches nurses how to advance healthcare agendas though the legislative process and influence policy at local and national levels. For the fifth consecutive year, AACN will award continuing professional development scholarships to support AACN members who attend the 2014 program. Although you must register separately for NIWI this fall, you may apply with AACN first. Access AACN scholarship information before completing your application. Friday, Oct. 18 is the deadline to apply for an AACN scholarship to attend NIWI. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
ActionPak: Tools and resources to combat alarm fatigue
AACN has long recognized the increasing challenge to patient safety posed by clinical alarms. To better support nurses, units and hospitals in addressing this complex problem, AACN introduces NTI ActionPak: Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue. Now available to all AACN members, this clinical toolkit — developed in collaboration with leading subject matter experts and based on learning from the AACN 2013 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) — provides evidence-based strategies, resources and best practices for reducing the impact of environmental alarms to improve patient safety and increase workplace effectiveness. ActionPak resources consist of tools to share learning and implement changes.
Submit nominations for 2014 AACN Chapter Awards
Nominate chapters for the 2014 AACN Chapter Awards, which recognize exemplary efforts to make a difference in the healthcare profession and communities and further AACN’s mission, vision and values. Chapter award categories:
Excellence in Chapter Collaboration
Excellence in Chapter Leadership Development
Nominations for the AACN President’s Award for Chapters close Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. All other nominations close Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Learn more and nominate.
From August's AACN Bold Voices
"What Is Your Wake?" — Vicki Good, AACN President 2013-2014
NTI 2014 Commemorative Mug
Travel mug featuring the NTI 2014 artwork "Step Forward"
Member Price: $8.95 (Non-Member: $8.95)
Giving Feedback: Expert Solutions for Everyday Challenges
Author: Harvard Business School
(Book, 96 pages, 2006)
Giving feedback is essential to helping employees perform better at work. It lets people know when they are meeting or exceeding expectations and when they need to get back on track. This practical guide shows managers how to develop and refine this necessary skill.
Member Price: $9.00 (Non-Member: $9.95)
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