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March 14, 2013
NEWS - CDC issues updated guidelines for novel coronavirus
AACN NEWS - AACN Critical Care Webinar Series
EVIDENCE - Empowered nurses have less moral distress
ACTION - Celebrate Certified Nurses Day
One size does not fit all in staffing.”
"The Nurse Manager’s Guide to Innovative Staffing," by Jennifer Mensik
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 email@example.com with “Celebrate Certified Nurses” in the subject line.
Preregister for certification exams at NTI by April 19
The afternoon of Monday, May 20, AACN Certification Corporation will offer CCRN, CCRN-E, PCCN, CCNS, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG and CNML specialty exams and CMC (cardiac medicine) and CSC (cardiac surgery) subspecialty exams on-site at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Boston. All exams will be paper and pencil. Preregistration using a special NTI exam application is required. Payment of exam fees must accompany your NTI exam application and arrive at AACN no later than Friday, April 19.
Participate in survey on ICU bereavement practices
Jennifer McAdam and Alyssa Erikson, nurse researchers from Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, Calif., are seeking nurse managers of adult ICUs to participate in a study on bereavement practices offered by adult ICUs in the U.S. After completing the confidential online survey, which takes about 10 minutes, the first 200 respondents can submit their email address to receive a $5 e-gift card from Starbucks. Email McAdam with questions or call her at (415) 218-3986.
Register for 'A Slice of AACN NTI'
Register for the fourth annual "A Slice of AACN NTI," April 1-5, MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Nationally recognized faculty from AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) will share their expertise in high acuity and critical care. Earn up to 14 continuing nursing education (CNE) hours for the preconferences and up to 17.75 CNE hours for the main conference, while attending sessions such as “Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, Moral Distress or Violence in the Workplace” and “New Trends in Street Drug Use.”
Bolus enteral feeding is insufficient for ICU patients, study in AJCC finds
Enteral nutritional intake is insufficient in bolus-fed ICU patients because of prolonged feeding interruptions and underprescribed enteral nutrition, according to “Enteral Nutritional Intake in Adult Korean Intensive Care Patients,” a study in March’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC).
CNE article in AJCC finds less moral distress in empowered nurses
“Moral Distress and Psychological Empowerment in Critical Care Nurses Caring for Adults at End of Life,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in March’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that nurses with higher perceived empowerment experience moral distress less often.
CPR rates much higher in hospitalized children with cardiovascular disease
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) occurs in about seven per 1,000 hospitalizations of children with cardiovascular disease, “a rate greater than ten-fold” that of children hospitalized without cardiovascular disease, according to “Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Hospitalized Children With Cardiovascular Disease: Estimated Prevalence and Outcomes From the Kids’ Inpatient Database,” in March’s Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.
CDC issues updated guidelines for novel coronavirus
On March 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, released a health advisory titled “Notice to Health Care Providers: Updated Guidelines for Evaluation of Severe Respiratory Illness Associated With a Novel Coronavirus.” As of that date, 14 confirmed cases were reported to the World Health Organization: seven from Saudi Arabia, two from Qatar, two from Jordan and three from the U.K.; eight cases were fatal. Patients who develop severe acute lower respiratory illness within 10 days after traveling from the Arabian peninsula or neighboring countries, and those who develop severe acute lower respiratory illness after close contact with someone meeting that criteria, should be evaluated for novel coronavirus. CDC will test for the infection and asks state and local health departments to report patients who are being evaluated.
Top patient safety strategies for implementation
“The Top Patient Safety Strategies That Can Be Encouraged for Adoption Now,” a supplement in the March 5 Annals of Internal Medicine, “strongly encouraged” implementation of 10 strategies, including interventions to reduce urinary catheter use, the do-not-use list for hazardous abbreviations and bundles to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia. The expert panel, commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., “encouraged” implementation of 12 other interventions, including rapid-response systems. An editorial on the supplement, “Strategies to Improve Patient Safety: The Evidence Base Matures,” updates the science related to patient safety; the full report is available as “Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices.”
CDC reports increase in carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
On March 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, reported that CRE, which is associated with a mortality rate exceeding 40 percent, has increased over the past decade. During the first six months of 2012, 4.6 percent of acute care hospitals reported at least one CRE from a healthcare-associated infection, compared to 1.2 percent in 2001, with Klebsiella species accounting for most of the increase. “Interventions exist that could slow the dissemination of CRE,” according to “Vital Signs: Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae” in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Guidelines for managing patients with peripheral artery disease
Access “Management of Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease (Compilation of 2005 and 2011 ACCF/AHA Guideline Recommendations): A Report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines,” which Circulation published online March 1.
Heparin label change
Effective May 1, a heparin label change requires manufacturers of Heparin Lock Flush Solution, USP and Heparin Sodium Injection, USP to clearly state the strength of the entire container of medication followed by how much medication is in 1 milliliter (mL). These modifications will eliminate the need to calculate the total amount of heparin medication in a product containing more than 1 mL, which reduces the risk of medication error. Products with both the old and new labels will be available during the transition, creating the potential for errors. Access resource pages from the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Md.
Preventing falls toolkit
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., released “Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care,” which addresses hospital readiness, program management, choosing fall prevention practices, implementation, measurement and sustainability..
Root cause analysis framework
Download “Framework for Conducting a Root Cause Analysis and Action Plan” from The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
Assess your opioid knowledge
Developed by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, Harrisburg, “Opioid Knowledge Self-Assessment” addresses selection, dosing and patient monitoring. Aggregating and analyzing the results of the assessments can help healthcare facilities identify opportunities for improvement.
AACN Critical Care Webinar Series
AACN is launching a series of live monthly webinars designed to provide current evidence-based practices and implementation tools for acute and critical care nurses. The AACN Critical Care Webinar Series features free 30-minute presentations by nationally recognized speakers on a variety of clinical topics. Educator and author Kathleen Vollman kicks off the series Thursday, April 18, at 10 a.m. PT with her presentation, “Evidence vs. Tradition: Examining the Science of Bathing Critically Ill Adults.” Learn more and register.
AACN funds scholarships for 10 attendees at NIWI
For the fourth consecutive year, AACN’s Continuing Professional Development Scholarships program will help clinicians attend the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program, Washington, D.C., March 17-19. Thanks to AACN’s program, 10 nurses will join other healthcare professionals from across the country to gain firsthand knowledge on the health legislative process and meet with Capitol Hill representatives. AACN’s scholarships enrich the careers of our members, helping them acquire knowledge and skills beyond degree coursework. To learn more, visit AACN Special Interest Scholarships.
From March's AACN Bold Voices
"Dare to Make It 'All About Me'"— Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
PCCN Badge Holder
(Badge Holders, 2004)
Order one for every PCCN in your unit to help them celebrate Certified Nurses Day! Quantity discounts available when you order 5 or more.
Member Price: $3.00 (Non-Member: $3.50)
Evidence-Based Nursing: The Research - Practice Connection
Author: S. J. Brown
(Book, 429 pages, 2012)
A key resource designed to teach nursing students how to engage in evidence-based practice (EBP). This text provides basic knowledge regarding research methodology and gives students the confidence they need to appraise published research critically. Perfect for students and practicing nurses without exposure to evidence-based practice content, it addresses learning objectives using an organized, easy-to-read approach.
Member Price: $83.50 (Non-Member: $87.95)
The Nurse Manager's Guide to Innovative Staffing
Author: J. Mensik
(Book, 254 pages, 2013)
Nurse Managers, are you struggling with staffing schedules, productivity, and quality of care? Face it, managing day to day issues-such as how to staff, schedule, assess tradeoffs, maintain morale, deal with schedule hogs, and effectively run a unit-is a difficult job and something that you were never trained to do in nursing school. What you need is a book that provides easy to understand examples to obtain quality outcomes, staff satisfaction, and patient satisfaction.
Member Price: $28.00 (Non-Member: $29.95)
Order your NTI t-shirt with Dare To theme art from the online AACN Bookstore, and plan to wear it at the opening session, Monday, May 20, in honor of AACN President Kathryn Roberts.
Member Price: $15.00 (Non-Member: $15.00)
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