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June 20, 2013
AACN NEWS - New Practice Alert on alarm management
NEWS - Music lowers anxiety, sedation needs
EVIDENCE - Observational pain scales
NEWS - Doxycycline shortage recommendations
One of the keys for night-shift nurses to eat healthier is to plan your meals every week.”
“Fit Nurse: Your Total Plan for Getting Fit and Living Well,” by Gary Scholar
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 fundamental to nurse leaders in critical care. Register by Aug. 20 and save.
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.
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.
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. Application deadline is July 5. Send questions to email@example.com.
CNE article in CCN evaluates observational pain scales
“Observational Pain Scales in Critically Ill Adults,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in June’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), reviews observational pain scales and concludes that although the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool is superior to other scales, the best tool has yet to be developed.
Article in CCN describes project to reduce pressure ulcers
June’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN) includes “Effectiveness of Critical Care Discharge Information in Supporting Early Recovery From Critical Illness,” which reviews evidence related to discharge information and highlights gaps in knowledge that could be used in developing information that meets service users’ needs.
Patient-directed music lowers anxiety and sedation needs
“Effects of Patient-Directed Music Intervention on Anxiety and Sedative Exposure in Critically Ill Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilatory Support: A Randomized Clinical Trial” published online May 20 by JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, finds that patients who listen to the music of their choice have less anxiety and require less-intensive sedation than patients receiving usual care. According to the study, listening to music also reduces sedation frequency when compared to using noise-canceling headphones.
CDC releases recommendations for doxycycline shortage
On June 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, released “Nationwide Shortage of Doxycycline: Resources for Providers and Recommendations for Patient Care,” which includes recommendations on alternatives for doxycycline and situations when no alternative should be used. The Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Md., reported the shortage Jan. 18 and also provides information about doxycycline availability.
CDC describes unsafe injection practices
The May 31 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, contains “CDC Grand Rounds: Preventing Unsafe Injection Practices in the U.S. Health-Care System,” which describes the scope of the problem and offers suggestions for improvement. The CDC reminds healthcare providers they should never administer medications from the same syringe to more than one patient, enter a vial with a used syringe or needle, or administer medications from single-dose vials to multiple patients.
Quality metrics for neonatal and pediatric critical care transport
June’s Pediatric Critical Care Medicine includes “Quality Metrics in Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Transport: A Consensus Statement.”
Evidence-based toolkit for reducing patient falls
“Evidence-Based Toolkit Helps Organizations Reduce Patient Falls,” in the July/September Journal of Nursing Care Quality, says the Web-based toolkit, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Rockville, Md., “can be adapted to meet organizations’ different needs, staffing patterns and specific quality improvement objectives.”
AACN releases new Practice Alert on alarm management
The AACN Practice Alert: Alarm Management is now available. It provides quick, free access to new evidence-based guidelines recommended by AACN to reduce alarm fatigue, a major patient safety concern. The Practice Alert outlines seven expected nursing practices to better manage alarms for improved patient care, safety and satisfaction — and a quieter, more effective work environment. Access additional AACN Practice Alerts.
2014 AACN Circle of Excellence award nominations open
Nominate you 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.
Member benefit: Scholarship for effective communication and influencer training
AACN members who register for a two-day workshop sponsored by VitalSmarts, including Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations and Influencer Training, save 20 percent. Find a scheduled workshop near you, and then apply for an AACN scholarship to attend. To register and receive the AACN member discount only, email Kelly Luke with the code AACN20, or for questions about an AACN scholarship, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From June's AACN Bold Voices
“Dare To: What Have We Learned?” — Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
CCRN Retractable Badge Holder
Order one for every CCRN in your unit to help them celebrate Certified Nurses Day! This CCRN retractable badge holder features a reinforced vinyl strap button and aligator clip backing for easy attachment to pockets, bags or belts. Quantity discounts available when you order 5 or more.
Member Price: $3.00 (Non-Member: $3.50)
Quality and Safety in Nursing: A Competency Approach to Improving Outcomes
Author: G. Sherwood, J. Barnsteiner
(Book, 413 pages, 2012)
The first text of its kind devoted to the nursing community's role in improving quality of care and patient safety.
Member Price: $57.00 (Non-Member: $59.99)
AACN Tele-ICU Nursing Practice Guidelines
Editor: M.P. Aust
(Book, 20 pages, 2013)
AACN Tele-ICU Nursing Practice Guidelines is the first authoritative document to define practice guidelines specifically for the emerging subspecialty of tele-ICU nursing practice.
Member Price: $10.00 (Non-Member: $25.00)
The REAL Healthcare Reform
Author: L. Leekley, S. Turnure
(Book, 152 pages, 2012)
For every healthcare employee, the REAL healthcare reform lies in reversing incivility in the workplace. "The Real Healthcare Reform: How Embracing Civility Can Beat Back Burnout and Revive Your Healthcare Career" can help you do just that. It provides targeted, action-oriented information and specific exercises to help you understand the incivility epidemic, why it is happening and what you can do right now to stop it. You will find the tactics and strategies you need to put civility to work and resolve the toxic atmosphere polluting your workplace.
Member Price: $15.00 (Non-Member: $19.95)
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