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March 28, 2013
NEWS - NICU infection rates
AACN NEWS - New educational opportunities at NTI
EVIDENCE - Family presence during CPR
ACTION - Vote for AACN Board, Nominating Committee
You can’t clone people but you can capture their wisdom and adopt their successful strategies to create an exemplary model. ”
"Nurse Manager Engagement: Strategies for Excellence and Commitment,” by Barbara Mackoff
Vote Now for AACN Board and Nominating Committee
Please cast your vote for the AACN FY2014-2016 Board of Directors and 2014 Nominating Committee. AACN’s initiatives significantly impact the nursing profession, especially acute and critical care nursing. Have a say in who will drive these decisions by exercising your right — and responsibility — to vote. View candidate profiles and cast your vote, or indicate your decision to abstain. For questions, contact Melinda Messenger-Stout, volunteer program specialist, at 1-800-394-5995, ext. 331 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Voting closes Monday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Live PCCN certification review webinar starts April 8
AACN will conduct a live PCCN certification review course beginning Monday, April 8. This seven-part course — which fully aligns with the new PCCN test plan — helps prospective PCCN candidates affirm their clinical knowledge and know what to expect on the exam. Presented by nationally recognized educator Carol Rauen, each 2.5-hour session provides an interactive learning experience, exam practice questions and support materials. Designed for progressive care nurses, who work in many settings, the course offers 15.1 continuing nursing education (CNE) hours, costs $159 for individuals and includes 60-day access to archived webinar recordings. Individual registration closes next Monday, April 1.
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.
Article in AJCC highlights new practice guidelines
“The New Practice Guidelines for Pain, Agitation, and Delirium,” in March’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), highlights elements of these guidelines from the American College of Critical Care Medicine, including sections that are particularly relevant to nursing practice.
CNE of the Month in AJCC
“Safety Culture in Australian Intensive Care Units: Establishing a Baseline for Quality Improvement,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in March’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that measuring the baseline safety culture of an ICU helps leaders implement targeted strategies to improve safety culture, and these strategies ultimately may improve staff working conditions and patient care.
Family presence during CPR has positive effects
Families who witness cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) have less anxiety and depression 90 days after the experience than those who don’t, according to “Family Presence During Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.” Published March 15 in The New England Journal of Medicine, the study finds that observing CPR doesn’t “interfere with medical efforts, increase stress in the health care team, or result in medicolegal claims.”
Women have slightly higher procedural risk with coronary stents
Women undergoing coronary stenting have a slightly higher procedural risk than men, but have better long-term survival, according to "Short- and Long-term Outcomes of Coronary Stenting in Women versus Men: Results From the National Cardiovascular Data Registry Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Cohort," published Oct. 30, 2012 in Circulation. In both men and women, "use of a drug-eluting stent is associated with lower long-term likelihood for death, myocardial infarction, and revascularization," finds the study of nearly 430,000 patients.
Infection rates in very low birth weight infants
Nurse understaffing is associated with an increased risk for nosocomial infection in very low birth weight infants, according to “Nurse Staffing and NICU Infection Rates,” posted online March 18 by JAMA Pediatrics.
New screening recommendations
Download “Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation” from the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force, published in the March 19 Annals of Internal Medicine.
A.S.P.E.N. nutrition support guidelines
Access the National Guideline Clearinghouse, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., for summaries of several guidelines from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.), Silver Spring, Md.: “Nutrition Support of the Critically Ill Child,” “Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia in the Neonate Receiving Parenteral Nutrition” and “Nutrition Support in Adult Acute and Chronic Renal Failure.”
“A Weighty Mistake,” March’s AHRQ Web M&M Spotlight Case, discusses a drug error in a toddler and provides suggestions for avoiding these types of errors. Earn free continuing education credit.
New educational opportunities at NTI
The National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), featuring the Advanced Practice Institute, in Boston, May 18-23, offers six days of learning and collaborative exchange. New this year is “Fast and Focused Sessions” on Tuesday and Wednesday. Each one is 150 minutes, focuses on a single topic and provides contact hours for all or part of the session. Also new are Lunch & Learn Sessions, interactive discussions on today’s hot topics in healthcare. Bring your wisdom — and your lunch!
From March's AACN Bold Voices
"Dare to Make It 'All About Me'"— Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
NTI Mug 2013
Coffee mug featuring the NTI 2013 theme Dare To.
Member Price: $8.95 (Non-Member: $8.95)
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 Ultimate Guide to Competency Assessment in Health Care, 3rd Ed.
Author: D. Wright
(Book, 232 pages, 2005)
This edition includes lots of new forms and tools to help you design competencies that are creative and compliant with the current JCAHO standards.
Member Price: $33.20 (Non-Member: $34.95)
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 to 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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