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February 28, 2013


NEWS - Novel coronavirus infection update

AACN NEWS - New tele-ICU guidelines

ACTION - FDA seeks comments on drug shortages

EVIDENCE - Heart disease in women



Just as travelers would use a map to get from where they stood to a place they wanted to be, we must use a map to ensure we reach our desired destination of the successful integration of nurse practitioners (NPs) into an organization.


"Transitioning Into Hospital Based Practice: A Guide for Nurse Practitioners and Administrators," by Mona N. Bahouth, Kay Blum and Shari Simone, eds.



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FDA seeks comments on drug shortages

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, Md., is seeking comments on questions related to drug shortages to help develop a strategic plan for the FDA's response to preventing and mitigating shortages. Submit your comments by March 14 (enter FDA–2013–N–0124 in the search box).


Apply for ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowship

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), Horsham, Pa., is accepting applications for two 12-month ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowships starting in July. Based in the ISMP office near Philadelphia, fellows learn and collaborate with leading experts to develop and implement interdisciplinary error-prevention strategies that reduce the risk of medication errors, and work on communication and education initiatives for healthcare professionals and the public. Access more information and an application. Application deadline: March 30. AACN members may apply for an AACN continuing professional development scholarship to participate in the program.


Celebrate Certified Nurses Day

Certified Nurses Day, held annually March 19, recognizes the important achievement of nursing specialty and subspecialty certification and encourages eligible nurses to become certified. AACN offers many ideas for recognizing, honoring and celebrating certified nurses. Please send your strategies, success stories and any photos to with "Celebrate Certified Nurses" in the subject line.


Participate in survey on fever management in neuroscience patients

AACN members Hilaire Thompson and Patricia Blissitt, researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, are conducting a survey to discover practices to manage fever in patients who are neurologically vulnerable. If you care for neuroscience patients, participate in this brief, anonymous survey, which takes about 15 minutes to complete. Participants may enter a drawing for one of four $25 Amazon gift certificates. Email Thompson with questions or comments.


Register for Ethics of Caring conference

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.


Register for NTI's Chapter Leadership Development Workshop

Healthy work environments (HWEs) are vital to the work of AACN's chapters. Register in advance for NTI's Chapter Leadership Development Workshop (LDW), Sunday, May 19, to learn HWE leadership, strategic planning and succession planning skills. Chapters that attend receive a $435 stipend to help defray attendance costs. LDW is the only preconference with this perk. Register for LDW — class code PC130 — when you register for NTI. If you already registered for NTI, call Customer Care at (800) 899-2226 to add LDW to your NTI registration.



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CNE of the month: 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 for preventing it.


AHA releases new report on heart disease in women

"Fifteen-Year Trends in Awareness of Heart Disease in Women: Results of a 2012 American Heart Association (AHA) National Survey," which Circulation published online Feb. 19, finds that although women's awareness of cardiovascular disease has "improved" in the past 15 years, "a significant racial/ethnic minority gap persists."



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FDA announces recall of Omontys Injection

On Feb. 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, Md., announced that Affymax, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceutical Limited, Osaka, Japan, have voluntarily recalled Omontys (peginesatide) Injection because of new postmarketing reports regarding serious hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis.


Deaths from novel coronavirus infection rise to seven

On Feb. 21, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a Saudi Arabia man infected with the novel coronavirus (NCoV), which causes severe respiratory illness, has died, raising the number of deaths worldwide to seven among the 13 confirmed cases in Jordan, Qater, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and the WHO provide case definitions and guidance for NCoV. WHO encourages surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections with unusual patterns and recommends that "testing for the NCoV should be considered in patients with unexplained pneumonias, or in patients with unexplained, severe, progressive or complicated respiratory illness not responding to treatment, particularly in persons traveling from or resident in areas of the world known to be affected."


Medical specialty organizations add to unnecessary tests and treatments list

On Feb. 17, the ABIM Foundation in Philadelphia announced that 17 medical specialty organizations have identified commonly ordered tests, procedures or medication therapies that aren't always necessary — and could cause undue harm. To date, more than 130 tests and procedures to question have been released as part of the foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign. Recommendations include not using feeding tubes in patients with advanced dementia and not attempting tight glycemic control when prescribing medication for most people age 65 or older who have type 2 diabetes.


Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 3-9

The theme for the National Patient Safety Foundation's (NPSF) 2013 Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 3-9, is "Patient Safety 7/365: 7 Days of Recognition, 365 Days of Commitment to Safe Care." Access suggested activities for healthcare professionals, and patients and families. Programs include the webcast "Achieving Safe Medication Practices: Results From the ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment for Hospitals Over the Last Decade," March 6, 2-3 p.m. ET, and a Twitter chat March 7, noon-1 p.m. ET. Email with questions.



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Apple launches apps for healthcare professionals

Access Apple's new "Apps for Healthcare Professionals" collection under the Medical Category, which includes the subcategory "Nursing Apps." The collection offers 49 apps for the iPhone and 52 for the iPad. Read more about it.


Summary of A.S.P.E.N. nutritional guidelines for adults

Access the National Guideline Clearinghouse, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., for a summary of clinical guidelines for nutrition screening, assessment and intervention in adults from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.), Silver Spring, Md.


Faster, easier access to AJCC and CCN websites

AACN members now can log directly onto the American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) and Critical Care Nurse (CCN) websites using their AACN member/customer ID and password. A blue-gray AACN LOG-IN button was added to the journal home pages to expedite the log-in process. If you've forgotten your ID or password, call (800) 899-AACN (2226).



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New Tele-ICU Nursing Guidelines

"AACN Tele-ICU Nursing Practice Guidelines" is the first authoritative document to define guidelines specifically for the emerging subspecialty of tele-ICU nursing practice. The guidelines bring 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. The guidelines can be downloaded as a free PDF on AACN's website. A print version of the booklet will soon be available for $10 for AACN members and $25 for nonmembers from AACN's online bookstore.


New PCCN test plan released

The new PCCN test plan, based on the 2012 Progressive Care Study of Practice, was just released. The new PCCN exam forms, based on the new test plan, will launch June 26, 2013. PCCN certification is for nurses who care for acutely ill adult patients regardless of the geographic location of their nursing care. Nurses who achieve this certification typically work in areas such as intermediate care, direct observation, stepdown, telemetry and transitional care. Review the new test plan or learn more about the exam, and consider attending the review webinar beginning April 8.


Dare To

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



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Nurse Managers Guide to Hiring, Firing, & Inspiring

Author: V. Hess
(Book, 224 pages, 2010)
Product Code:128672
ISBN: 9781930538924

This book offers a wealth of tools and tips for hiring the right person for the right job, making key personnel and budgetary decisions, improving employee morale, and more.

Member Price: $23.75 (Non-Member: $24.95)





Influencing Up

Author: A. Cohen, D. Bradford
(Book, 244 pages, 2012))
Product Code:120655
ISBN: 9781118038451

Learn to overcome your difficulties with a boss who is uninterested in your concerns, or resistant to giving needed support. Or discover how to win the cooperation of senior managers who are hard to reach, and hard to sell on your ideas, products, or services.

Member Price: $23.75 (Non-Member: $24.95)





Fast Facts for the Cardiac Surgery Nurse

Author: T. Hodge
(Book, 340 pages, 2011)
Product Code:100262
ISBN: 9780826108319

A succinct yet comprehensive reference tool for cardiac surgery nurses, it provides quick access to frequently used information regarding the care of cardiac surgery patients. It encompasses the timeline from pre-op to recovery period, with a special focus on the prevention and management of commonly seen post-op complications.

Member Price: $23.75 (Non-Member: $25.00)





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