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July 18, 2013
NEWS - Leveraging APRNs
ACTION - Join Nurses’ Health Study 3
EVIDENCE - Heart failure research
RESOURCES - Safety primer from AHRQ
Genetic factors can account for 20% to 95% variability of the patient’s reaction to a drug.”
“Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice: A Practical Approach,”
by Virginia Poole Arcangelo and Andrew M. Peterson
Join Nurses’ Health Study 3
Are you a female nurse or nursing student between 20 and 46 years of age, who lives in the U.S. or Canada? If so, join the Nurses’ Health Study 3 to contribute to groundbreaking research on “lifestyle, environment, nurses’ worklife, and women’s health.” Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston conduct the study, which builds on the two previous Nurses’ Health Studies.
Aug. 1: Deadline to nominate for 2014 AACN Circle of Excellence awards
Nominate your peers and colleagues for the 2014 AACN Circle of Excellence awards, which recognize acute and critical care nurses who make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Up to 25 recipients will be selected by Dec. 31 and inducted into the Circle of Excellence Society. Nominations close Thursday, Aug. 1. Learn more and nominate.
CNE article in AJCC discusses HF outcomes research
Nurses aren’t sufficiently prepared to teach patients about heart failure (HF), and patients don’t believe they can control HF, according to “Parallel Paths to Improve Heart Failure Outcomes: Evidence Matters,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in July’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC). Education to improve nurses’ ability to effectively deliver self-care information helps patients manage HF.
Study in AJCC finds higher mortality in women compared to men transferred to ICU
“Sex and Mortality of Hospitalized Adults After Admission to an Intensive Care Unit,” in July’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that in patients who are admitted to the ICU from medical or surgical units, women have a higher mortality rate than men, with the difference more pronounced in medical patients.
Oral apixaban effective for treating acute venous thromboembolism
“Oral Apixaban for the Treatment of Acute Venous Thromboembolism,” published online July 1 in The New England Journal of Medicine, finds the drug is “noninferior” to conventional therapy consisting of subcutaneous enoxaparin followed by warfarin and is associated with significantly less bleeding.
FDA announces recall of Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Infusion Sets
On July 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md. announced that on June 7, Medtronic MiniMed, Northridge, Calif., recalled MiniMed Paradigm Insulin Infusion Sets because of the potential for over- or under-delivery of insulin if insulin or other fluids come in contact with the inside of the tubing connector on the infusion set. On June 10, Medtronic sent a letter to notify all Paradigm insulin pump users about the issue and how it can be prevented and recognized.
Policy brief describes how to tap expertise of APRNs
“Improving Patient Access to High-Quality Care: How to Fully Utilize the Skills, Knowledge, and Experience of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs),” in the June 1 Charting Nursing’s Future from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J., describes the important role of APRNs in expanding access to care, discusses barriers to their practice and highlights three models for leveraging their expertise.
Nutrition support for ICU patients
Access “Nutrition Support in the Intensive Care Patient” in July/August’s Journal of Infusion Nursing. The abstract notes, “Nutrition intervention plays a significant role in changing patient clinical outcomes in the intensive care unit. Identifying patients at nutrition risk with a validated tool is essential.”
Safety primer from AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Md., has released a patient safety primer on patient handoffs and sign-outs, which discusses innovative strategies and existing guidelines for implementing these procedures.
AACN scholarships support the future of our members
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From July's AACN Bold Voices
"Step Forward" — Vicki Good, AACN President 2013-2014
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Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults in Acute Care
Author: J. Whetstone-Foster, S. Prevost
(Book, 752 pages, 2012)
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.
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