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February 7, 2013


NEWS - Evidence Implementation Fellowship

ACTION - Register early for NTI and save

EVIDENCE - Restraints increase delirium risk

ACTION - Webinar on heparin label changes




Journal writing opens the doors to your conscious mind and allows you to examine your health behaviors, what you are feeling, where you have traveled in the course of a day, and where this journey has taken you in terms of your mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.


"Health and Wellness Journal Workbook," 3rd ed., by Brian Luke Seaward



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Submit nominations for AACN President's Award for Chapters by Feb. 15

Nominate chapters for the 2013 AACN President's Award for Chapters, which recognizes exemplary efforts to incorporate the association's annual theme, Dare To, in chapter programs and activities while furthering AACN's mission, vision and values. Nominations close Friday, Feb. 15. Learn more and nominate.


Register for Ethics of Caring conference by Feb. 15 and save

Register for the national Ethics of Caring conference, March 21-22, at the Hilton Universal City, Universal City, Calif. The conference features expert speakers, small group breakout sessions and participant discussions to enhance nurses' clinical practice through identifying and addressing ethical issues. The early-bird registration rate is $450 through Feb. 15.


Prepare for heparin label change

A heparin label change, effective May 1, 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 resource pages from the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Md., and register for a one-hour webinar presented by USP (all times EST): Feb. 18 at 11 a.m., Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., Feb. 22 at 10 a.m., Feb. 26 at noon and Feb. 28 at 4 p.m.


Apply for STTI Global Nursing Research Grant

Apply for the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Global Nursing Research Grant, which encourages nurses to focus on responding to health disparities globally, by May 1. The STTI Foundation for Nursing, Indianapolis, provides funding for the maximum $12,000 grant. Other qualifications being equal, preference will be given to STTI members.


Florida nurses invited to participate in compassion fatigue study

The American Holistic Nurses Association, Topeka, Kan., is sponsoring a study on compassion fatigue in nurses and its effect on perceptions of nursing care, patient safety and nurse retention. Nurses who provide direct patient care and practice in Florida are invited to complete a survey. Participants are also eligible to enter a contest and win a prize. Email research nurse Aleida Drozdowicz with questions.


Register early for NTI and save

Early-bird registration is open for this year's National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), which takes place in Boston, Saturday, May 18 through Thursday, May 23. Register by Thursday, April 4, and save $76. Sign up for a hotel room through AACN Housing, and order your official NTI T-shirt.



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CNE article in CCN describes prevention strategies for contrast-induced nephropathy

"Contrast-Induced Nephropathy: Pathophysiology and Preventive Strategies," a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in February's Critical Care Nurse (CCN), reviews the pathophysiology of contrast-induced nephropathy and describes strategies to prevent it.


Article in CCN presents case study of obstetric patient with acute liver failure

February's Critical Care Nurse (CCN) includes "Acute Liver Failure in an Obstetric Patient: Challenge of Critical Care for 1 Patient With 2 Subspecialty Needs," which discusses a case study of a woman with acute fatty liver of pregnancy who developed acute liver failure with complications.


Chemical and physical restraints increase risk of delirium in ICU

Chemical restraints through the use of benzodiazepines or the use of physical restraints or restraining devices predispose patients to a greater risk of delirium, according to "Delirium in the Cardiovascular ICU: Exploring Modifiable Risk Factors." Delirium occurred in one in four patients, notes the study in February's Critical Care Medicine.


National study finds more medication errors in ICU than non-ICU settings

"National Study on the Distribution, Causes, and Consequences of Voluntarily Reported Medication Errors Between the ICU and Non-ICU Settings," in February's Critical Care Medicine, finds more harmful errors are reported in ICU than in non-ICU settings. Errors occur frequently in the administration phase, and patients and caregivers rarely know about the error.


Daily chlorhexidine baths reduced bacteremia in pediatric ICU patients

Critically ill children who received daily baths with a chlorhexidine gluconate-impregnated cloth had a lower incidence of bacteremia compared to those who received standard bathing, according to "Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing to Reduce Bacteraemia in Critically Ill Children: A Multicentre, Cluster-Randomised, Crossover Trial," which The Lancet posted online Jan. 28.


Study indicates ECMO is effective bridge to lung transplantation

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is "efficacious as a bridge to lung transplantation with good post-lung transplant outcomes," concludes "Efficacy of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation as a Bridge to Lung Transplantation," published online Jan. 16 by The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.



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FDA announces recall of lactated ringers and dextrose

On Jan. 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., announced that Hospira, Inc., Lake Forest, Ill., has voluntarily recalled one lot of Lactated Ringers and 5% Dextrose Injection, USP, 1000 mL, Flexible Container, NDC 0409-7929-09, because of one confirmed report of spore-like particulate in the solution.


Indiana Center announces Evidence Implementation Fellowship

The Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice at Purdue University Calumet School of Nursing will hold Evidence Implementation Fellowship 2013, May 13-17 in Hammond, Ind. This five-day workshop brings together frontline nursing staff and clinical leaders to incorporate evidence into everyday practice. After the workshop, teams will implement their projects and then return 10 months later to analyze and disseminate the results.



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Comparison of COPD guidelines

Access a comparison of guidelines, "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Diagnosis and Management of Acute Exacerbations," from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md.


Revised sepsis and septic shock guidelines

A revised and updated edition of "Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2012" — previously published in 2008 — was officially released at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 42nd Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Jan. 20.



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AACN collaborates with health IT conference

AACN is collaborating with the 2013 HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Annual Conference & Exhibition, March 3-7, in New Orleans. At the conference, health information technology (IT) professionals will discuss issues in the field and examine innovative solutions designed to transform healthcare. Keynote speakers include former President Bill Clinton and Eric Topol of The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego.


Dare To

From February's AACN Bold Voices
"Dare to Take on Bullying"— Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013



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NTI t-shirt

Order your NTI t-shirt with Dare To theme art from the online AACN Bookstore, and plan to wear it at the opening session, Monday, May 20, in honor of AACN President Kathryn Roberts.

Member Price: $15.00 (Non-Member: $15.00)





Pain Assessment and Pharmacologic Management

Author: C. Pasero, M. McCaffery
(Book, 896 pages, 2011)
Product Code:140350
ISBN: 9780323056960

Pain Assessment and Pharmacologic Management, is destined to become the definitive resource in pain management in adults. It provides numerous reproducible tables, boxes, and figures that can be used in clinical practice, and emphasizes the benefits of a multimodal analgesic approach throughout.

Member Price: $70.25 (Non-Member: $73.95)





Feel the Pull: Creating the Culture of Nursing Excellence

Author: G. Guanci
(Book, 140 pages, 2011)
Product Code:130603
ISBN: 9781886624863

Feel the Pull: Creating a Culture of Excellence is for nurse executives and leaders, nursing professional development specialists, managers, Magnet project coordinators -- anyone who wants to improve patient and nurse satisfaction.

Member Price: $23.50 (Non-Member: $24.95)





The Technology Toolbelt for Teaching

Author: L. Oakes
Editor: Y. D'Arcy
(Book, 350 pages, 2011)
Product Code:131122

This book offers a hands-on resource that shows how to integrate technology into lessons and offers information about common technologies, categorizing by groups, and explains the purposes they serve pedagogically as well as how they can be most effectively used in online or face-to-face classrooms.

Member Price: $32.25 (Non-Member: $33.95)





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