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July 25, 2013
NEWS - FDA announces neonatal tube recall
ACTION - Aug. 1: Deadline for Circle of Excellence nominations
AACN NEWS - Certification exams at TRENDS
RESOURCES - AHRQ resources on patient safety
Whether you are a part-time or full-time clinical instructor, you are contributing to a profession that is in great need of successful instructors who can teach students how to effectively care for their patients.”
“Fast Facts for the Clinical Nursing Instructor: Clinical Teaching in a Nutshell,” 2nd ed.,
by Eden Zabat Kan and Susan Stabler-Haas
Nominate colleagues 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.
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!
Sept. 17-20: AACN Progressive Care Pathways, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
With faculty experts who understand firsthand the challenges of caring for “not quite ICU” patients, the evidence-based content will address a wide range of progressive care patients’ needs and provide direct clinical application of the evidence. The conference is ideal for nurses practicing in stepdown, intermediate, telemetry, transitional, high acuity, direct observation or med-surg units who treat patients who are moderately stable with a high risk of becoming unstable. Register by Aug. 20 and save.
Sept. 18-20: AACN Nurse Manager Priorities, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
For inpatient nurse managers and charge nurses at the point of care, this beyond-the-basics conference includes forward-thinking influential leaders who will guide learning. The content focuses on a nurse manager’s three critical responsibilities — managing the business, managing people and managing yourself. Join interactive case studies, lively discussions and presentations on management issues that are fundamental to nurse leaders in critical care. Register by Aug. 20 and save.
CNE of the Month: Article in AJCC reviews thirst in ICU patients
“Thirst in Critically Ill Patients: From Physiology to Sensation,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in July’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), reviews the pathophysiology of thirst and discusses interventions to relieve this distressing sensation.
Study in AJCC identifies reasons for nonparticipation in genomic biobanks
“Thematic Analysis of Cardiac Care Patients’ Explanations for Declining Contribution to a Genomic Research-Based Biobank,” a qualitative study in July’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that patients’ perception of intrusion and a desire for autonomy are the two main themes underlying the reasons for not participating.
FDA announces neonatal tracheostomy tube recall
On July 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., announced that Bryan Medical Inc., Cincinnati, has recalled the Tracoe Mini 3.0mm Tracheostomy Tube, because the label states the package contains a neonatal tube, but the product inside is a pediatric tube.
AAMI asks FCC to give healthcare facilities priority access to new spectrum
On July 16, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Arlington, Va., announced it has submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Washington, D.C., recommending that as the FCC seeks ways to make additional spectrum bands available to unlicensed devices, it should give priority access to healthcare delivery organizations. AAMI says that allowing healthcare vicinity-based priority access to one of the new bands will enable medical devices to operate in a “managed interference environment,” which provides a “safety valve” if the new spectrum becomes congested.
Resources from AHRQ
Access two patient safety resources from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Md. “Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety” is an evidence-based resource designed to help hospitals work with patients and families to improve quality and safety. “Checklists” is a patient safety primer that discusses the value and use of checklists.
Spanish version of guide for patients
The “How to Talk to Your Doctor” guide from The Conversation Project, a campaign to encourage communication about wishes for end-of-life care launched in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass., is now available in Spanish.
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. Get more information and download an application. For a CNML application email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit poster abstracts for NTI 2014
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: Friday, Sept. 13.
ACCNS-AG and ACCNS-P advanced practice AACN exams launched July 10
ACCNS-AG and ACCNS-P are entry-level advanced practice certifications for nurses educated at the graduate level as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) to provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services (from wellness through acute care) to meet the specialized needs of adult-gerontology and pediatric patient populations, respectively. The ACCNS exams are in alignment with the requirements of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education. To learn more, visit the ACCNS certification section on the AACN website.
From July's AACN Bold Voices
"Step Forward" — Vicki Good, AACN President 2013-2014
AACN Lunch Bag Set with Storage Containers
Convenient. Green. Portable. Packing lunch for work is a breeze since everything you need is right at your fingertips. Keep food fresh in this handy lunch cooler complete with tumbler and snack container with freezable gel lid.
Member Price: $20.00 (Non-Member: $22.00)
Introduction to Heart Sounds
Author: R.L.H Murphy, M.A. Murphy
(CD Rom, 2004)
Learn to identify normal and abnormal heart sounds to aid in diagnosis by accessing a variety of heart sounds and accompanying visuals.
Member Price: $33.25 (Non-Member: $34.95)
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