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June 6, 2013
NEWS - ‘Little evidence’ of improved palliative care
AACN NEWS - CNE/CERP NTI evaluation forms due June 14
ACTION - Register for alarm fatigue webinar
EVIDENCE - Physical therapy in ICU beneficial
Depending on the position being filled (i.e., professional nurse or support staff), it is an option to develop a simple patient scenario to test for knowledge and/or computer skills.”
“The Business of Nurse Management: A Toolkit for Success,” by Nancy Bateman
CDC Emergency Center call on new coronavirus
Register for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call, “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): Information and Guidance for Clinicians,” June 13, 2-3 p.m. ET; dial-in number (888) 469-1678; passcode 3109821. A CDC expert will discuss the clinical signs, epidemiology and infection control recommendations for MERS-CoV. Cases have been linked to severe acute respiratory illness and death in the Middle East with documented spread of the virus internationally. No cases have yet been reported in the U.S.
Next webinar in AACN’s free series: Managing Alarm Fatigue 4
Register for the third event in the free AACN Critical Care Webinar Series: “Managing Alarm Fatigue: New Approaches and Best Practices,” Thursday, June 20, 10 a.m. PT, presented by Marjorie Funk, Maria Cvach and Sue Sendelbach. Join this expert panel as they explore the scope of the problem, management of environmental alarms for improved patient safety and strategies for creating a more effective (and quieter) workplace. Registration includes the live session, implementation tools and access to the recorded webcast. Learn more and register.
Register for AACN Las Vegas conferences by Aug. 20 and save
AACN Progressive Care Pathways, Sept. 17-20, and AACN Nurse Manager Priorities, Sept. 18-20, will be held at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
With faculty experts who understand firsthand the challenges of caring for “not quite ICU” patients, the evidence-based content at AACN Progressive Care Pathways will address the needs of progressive care patients and provide direct clinical application of the evidence.
AACN Nurse Manager Priorities 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.
2013 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award
Nominate a colleague for the 2013 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award, sponsored by Cherokee Uniforms, Chatsworth, Calif. Recognizing healthcare professionals who have taken extraordinary and inspiring steps to serve their patients and communities, the award offers prizes such as a Caribbean cruise for two, paid membership in any clinical association and an all-expense-paid trip to any clinical conference in the continental U.S. For every healthcare professional nominated until the Aug. 1 deadline, Cherokee Uniforms will donate $1 to Nurses House, Guilderland, N.Y., a national fund that provides short-term financial assistance to RNs facing serious hardship.
Participate in study on family presence in adult critical care
Debra Stauffer, a PhD student at Washington State University in Spokane, invites critical care nurses to participate in a study about their perspectives on family presence in critical care and how factors in the practice environment may contribute to their decision to invite family presence. The confidential, online survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. Email Stauffer with questions.
CNE article in CCN recommends protocol for preventing VAP in children
“Preventing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in Children: An Evidence-Based Protocol,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in June’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), provides recommendations for a bundled protocol to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in children treated with mechanical ventilation in the ICU.
Article in CCN describes project to reduce pressure ulcers
"The Healthy Skin Project: Changing Nursing Practice to Prevent and Treat Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers,” in June’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), describes how a progressive care unit developed a multidisciplinary skin project to decrease the prevalence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.
QI project reduces sedation without delirium increase in patients with lung injury
“Reducing Deep Sedation and Delirium in Acute Lung Injury Patients: A Quality Improvement (QI) Project,” in June’s Critical Care Medicine, finds that a structured QI project can substantially reduce sedative infusions without increasing delirium, “even in severely ill, mechanically ventilated patients with acute lung injury.”
Physical therapy in the ICU offers many benefits
“Physical Therapy for the Critically Ill in the ICU: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” finds physical therapy improves quality of life and physical function, while increasing ventilator-free days and decreasing hospital length of stay. The study, in June’s Critical Care Medicine, calls for additional controlled trials “to verify the strength of these tentative associations.”
Study finds ‘little evidence’ of improved palliative care
Significant variation in ratings and delivery of palliative care exists among hospitals, according to “Hospital Variation and Temporal Trends in Palliative and End-of-Life Care in the ICU.” The 55-month study, in June’s Critical Care Medicine, finds that with the possible exception of pain assessment, there is “little evidence that the quality of palliative care has improved over the time period studied.”
Apply to serve on ANA Nurse Fatigue Professional Issues Panel
The American Nurses Association(ANA) invites ANA members to apply for its Nurse Fatigue Professional Issues Panel, which will deliberate between August 2013 and February 2014. The panel’s Steering Committee will consist of up to 15 members and meet at least monthly by conference call in addition to email dialogue. Applicants not selected for the Steering Committee will be included on the Advisory Committee associated with the panel. Deadline is July 5. Send questions to email@example.com.
Guideline for management of antithrombotic medications
Neurology published “Summary of Evidence-based Guideline: Periprocedural Management of Antithrombotic Medications in Patients With Ischemic Cerebrovascular Disease: Report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology” online May 28.
Improve survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest
“Strategies for Improving Survival After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in the United States: 2013 Consensus Recommendations, A Consensus Statement From the American Heart Association,” in the April 9 Circulation, includes best practices such as institutional infrastructure, care pathways and process of care for each time interval — prearrest, intra-arrest and postarrest.
CNE/CERP NTI evaluation forms due June 14
If you attended this year’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Boston, submit your evaluation forms online or through your mobile device for continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours and CERP credit by June 14, 11:59 p.m. PT. You must complete both program and session evaluations to receive credit. After June 14, you may only print your certificate.
Dec. 31, 2014: deadline to take ACNPC, CCNS exams
If you are planning to take the ACNPC or CCNS exam, be sure to allow enough time to apply for and pass the exam. AACN Certification Corporation will not offer the ACNPC and CCNS (A, P and N) exams for initial certification after Dec. 31, 2014. Current ACNPCs and CCNSs may continue to renew their certification into the future, as long as it does not lapse. New Consensus Model-based APRN exams, ACNPC-AG (available now) and ACCNS (-AG, -P and -N) launch in 2013 and 2014. Learn more about the new exams.
From June's AACN Bold Voices
“Dare To: What Have We Learned?” — Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
NTI 2014 Commemorative Coaster
NTI 2014 theme art "Step Forward" is highlighted on this ceramic coaster. The coaster measures 4 1/4" by 4 1/4" and has cork backing. It comes pre-packaged in a gift box.
Member Price: $5.00 (Non-Member: $5.50)
The American Nurse
Author: C. Jones
(Book, 180 pages, 2013)
This extraordinary book of 75 portraits, interviews and biographies is the result of the American Nurse Project, an endeavor launched by Fresenius Kabi, a worldwide leader in infusion therapy, IV generic drugs and clinical nutrition. Enlisting the talents of Carolyn Jones, an award-winning filmmaker and creator of numerous photography books, and her producer, Lisa Frank, the project set out to capture and share the images and stories of nurses from all across America and to celebrate the role of the nurse in this country’s healthcare system.
Member Price: $45.00 (Non-Member: $60.00)
Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child, 3rd Ed.
Author: M.F. Hazinski
(Book, 1168 pages, 2013)
This book remains the foundational text of pediatric critical care nursing. Known for its outstanding organization and clear descriptions, this comprehensive reference details the unique care required for critically ill children with thorough discussions of physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, collaborative management and nursing management. Ten new chapters, new advanced practice content and new nurse contributors and reviewers ensure that this classic text continues to be the essential resource for the care of critically ill children.
Member Price: $91.00 (Non-Member: $95.95)
Writing for Publication in Nursing and Healthcare
Editor: K. Holland, R. Watson
(Book, 286 pages, 2013)
"Writing for Publication in Nursing and Healthcare" is an invaluable guide to ‘getting it right,’ focusing on all aspects of writing for publication. It will help the reader develop skills in writing articles, book reviews and other forms of publications, and can also be used as an aide-memoir for editors and journal/book reviewers.
Member Price: $30.50 (Non-Member: $32.50)
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