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August 29, 2013


NEWS - AHRQ supports health IT grants

AACN NEWS - Search for AACN chief executive officer

EVIDENCE - Program reduces postoperative pneumonia

ACTION - Register for TRENDS conference and exams




I think about the essence and goals of palliative and hospice care in these terms: allowing for physical and emotional safety during illness, during the dying process, and during bereavement.


The Helping Professional’s Guide to End-of-Life Care: Practical Tools for Emotional,
Social, & Spiritual Support for the Dying
,” by E. Alessandra Strada



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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


Register for TRENDS conference by Friday, Sept. 27, and save

Join your colleagues for more than 75 education sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities at “TRENDS in Critical Care Nursing,” Oct. 1-4 in King of Prussia, Pa., in the Philadelphia area. Sponsored by AACN and AACN’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, the conference includes special tracks on stroke and novice critical care nursing, the Friday plenary session “Stepping Forward to Advocate, Lead, Care” and a special manager and leader preconference workshop Sept. 30. Register by Friday, Sept. 27 and save, compared to on-site registration. Earn up to 37.5 contact hours and 37.5 CERPs (continuing education recognition points). The preconference workshop offers 6.0 contact hours.


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.


Don’t miss free 30-minute webinar on delirium, Thursday, 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, 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.


Review courses for prospective CMC and CSC certificants

To help CMC (cardiac medicine) and CSC (cardiac surgery) subspecialty certification candidates better prepare for their exam, AACN offers certification review courses online and on CD-ROM. Based on and fully aligned with the cardiac subspecialty certification test plans adopted in 2012, the courses provide comprehensive, topic-specific content with knowledge checks throughout. The CMC review, presented by Leanna Miller, offers 11.0 CNE contact hours; the CSC review, presented by Myra Ellis, offers 12.4 CNE contact hours. Both versions are available through AACN’s online bookstore, where members receive a significant discount.



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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.


Multidisciplinary program reduces postoperative pneumonia

A standardized postoperative program of patient education, early mobilization and pulmonary interventions reduces the incidence of postoperative pneumonia and unplanned intubation in patients who undergo general or vascular surgery, according to “I COUGH: Reducing Postoperative Pulmonary Complications With a Multidisciplinary Patient Care Program,” in August’s JAMA Surgery.


Fewer complications with prasugrel than clopidogrel in subset of patients

August’s The Lancet contains “Prasugrel versus Clopidogrel for Patients With Unstable Angina or Non-ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction With or Without Angiography: A Secondary, Prespecified Analysis of the TRILOGY ACS Trial,” which concludes that among patients who had documented coronary artery disease on angiography, there were fewer cardiovascular deaths, myocardial infarctions or strokes among those who took prasugrel than those who took clopidogrel.


Risk of sternal wound infections higher with bilateral IMA grafting

Bilateral internal mammary artery (IMA) grafting increases the risk of sternal wound infection when compared with single IMA grafting, according to “Bilateral Internal Mammary Artery Grafting and Risk of Sternal Wound Infection: Evidence From Observational Studies,” a meta-analysis in June’s The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.



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AHRQ announces support for health IT grants

On Aug. 21, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Md., issued a Special Emphasis Notice that it intends to support research career development grants and dissertation grants focusing on health information technology (IT). The five research areas of interest are design, implementation, use, impact on outcomes and measurement. Review Health IT Funding Announcements for details.


Shock common after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

Intensive Care Unit Mortality After Cardiac Arrest: The Relative Contribution of Shock and Brain Injury in a Large Cohort,” published online Aug. 14 in Intensive Care Medicine, finds that although brain injury accounts for most deaths, shock affects more than two-thirds of patients in the ICU after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.



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AHRQ plans webinar on Innovations Exchange resource

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Md., will provide a free webinar, “Using the Innovations Exchange to Develop Health Professional Competencies,” Sept. 18, 1-2 p.m. ET. Register to learn how the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange’s collection of healthcare practices and tools is being used to develop competencies for nurses and interdisciplinary teams.


AACN Practice Alert: Family Presence: Visitation in the Adult ICU

The unrestricted presence and participation of patients’ family members and friends has wide-reaching benefits for patients, both medically and psychologically. This AACN Practice Alert outlines administrative and practical considerations for implementing less-restrictive access to the bedside for these “partners in care.” Access other AACN Practice Alerts; all are provided free of charge.



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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.


Adult CCRN certification review course launches in October

AACN will offer an Adult CCRN certification review course, as a seven-part live webinar, beginning Monday, Oct. 28. This comprehensive course helps prospective CCRN candidates better prepare for the exam by reaffirming clinical knowledge and removing uncertainty about what to expect. The 2.5-hour sessions will feature an interactive learning experience with teacher and peer-to-peer chats, knowledge check questions and support materials. The webinar awards 14.5 continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours. The $159 (individual) or $999 (groups up to 30) fee includes 90-day access to this series of archived webinar recordings. Learn more and register.


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 with questions.


Apply for AACN scholarship to attend AONE’s Emerging Nurse Leader Institute

AACN is accepting scholarship applications to participate in Emerging Nurse Leader Institute, a workshop hosted by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Nov. 11-13, Chicago. Visit AACN’s scholarships webpage for details and application requirements. Email with questions on the continuing professional development scholarship program, which is a benefit of AACN membership.


Step Forward

From August's AACN Bold Voices
"What Is Your Wake?" — Vicki Good, AACN President 2013-2014



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12-Lead ECG Clipboard

Author: T. Norton
(Clipboard, 2008)
Product Code:100131

Immediately identify areas of injury to the heart with this sturdy, legal-size clipboard imprinted with an actual 12-Lead ECG tracing.

Member Price: $12.00 (Non-Member: $14.00)





Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults in Acute Care

Author: J. Whetstone-Foster, S. Prevost
(Book, 752 pages, 2012)
Product Code:128100
ISBN: 9780803621626

Written by a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Clinical Nurse Specialists, this text explores the expanding roles and responsibilities of the CNS from core competencies and theoretical foundations for practice to caring for the hospitalized adult to shaping the healthcare system through the CNS spheres of influence.

Member Price: $105.00 (Non-Member: $120.00)





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