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May 2, 2013
NEWS - National Nurses Week, May 6-12
AACN NEWS - AACN awards Impact Research Grants
EVIDENCE - Rapid response teams function well
ACTION - Register for Sunrise Session at NTI
Three essential nursing interventions for reducing the risk of angry patients acting aggressively are having a plan, managing environmental triggers, and de-escalating the patients,”
Joanne Matthew, Kristen Sayles and Maryann DaSilva write in
“Inpatient Psychiatric Nursing: Clinical Strategies & Practical Interventions,”
Linda Damon, Joanne Matthew, Judy Sheehan and Lisa Uebelacker, eds.
Register for a Sunrise Session at NTI
Sunrise Sessions, May 21 and 22, 7-8:30 a.m. ET, at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), Boston, are free, educational presentations where experts discuss a wide variety of topics on nursing practice. You must be registered for NTI and then reserve a seat in advance through NTI Network; space is limited. Sessions include a plated breakfast and offer 1.0 continuing education recognition point (CERP).
Register for free 30-minute webinar on sepsis, May 9
Register for the second program in the free AACN Critical Care Webinar Series: “Sepsis Update: Early Identification and Management,” Thursday, May 9, presented by Thomas Ahrens. The program will explore recent improvements in the understanding and treatment of severe sepsis. Registration includes the live session, implementation tools for putting new practices in place and access to the recorded webcast. Learn more and register.
Access new AACN Practice Alert on bathing
AACN has just released “AACN Practice Alert: Bathing the Adult Patient,” which provides free, online access to new evidence-based nursing practice guidelines. Challenging traditional bathing methods, the alert recommends protocols to prevent skin breakdown, reduce infection, shorten hospital stays and reduce costs. Access additional AACN Practice Alerts.
Participate in survey on job satisfaction
Courtney Warren, a graduate nursing student at Albany State University, Ga., invites critical care nurses to participate in a study on job satisfaction. The online, confidential survey will take no more than 30 minutes to complete. Email Warren with questions, or call her at (229) 292-1317.
Respiratory nursing skills update at ATS conference
The American Thoracic Society (ATS) is offering a full-day workshop, “WN1-Respiratory Nursing Skills Update,” on May 18 at its 2013 conference in Philadelphia (May 17-22). Register for the workshop only, which includes lectures and hands-on demonstrations, and awards 7.8 nursing continuing education hours, by sending your name, email and phone number to email@example.com. ATS will contact you to complete your registration. Nurses can also earn continuing education hours at several main conference sessions.
CNE article in AJCC reports rapid response teams function well
“Rapid Response Teams: Qualitative Analysis of Their Effectiveness,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in May’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that rapid response teams function well in managing patients at risk or in crisis, but training may be necessary because teamwork and communication are critical aspects of an effective team.
Study in AJCC emphasizes need for strategies to avoid DA-HAIs
May’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) includes “Surveillance of Device-Associated Infection Rates and Mortality in 3 Greek Intensive Care Units,” which notes that high rates of device-associated, healthcare-associated infections (DA-HAIs), device utilization and antimicrobial resistance emphasize the need for antimicrobial stewardship, establishment of an active surveillance program of DA-HAIs and implementation of evidence-based preventive strategies.
FDA announces recall of Alaris PC unit
On April 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., announced that CareFusion Corp., San Diego, recalled the Alaris PC unit (model 8015) with software version 9.12 because of a communication error that may occur when the unit is attached to the Alaris EtCO2 module or the Alaris SpO2 module. The PC unit is part of the Alaris electronic infusion pump.
National Nurses Week
“Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care” is this year’s theme for National Nurses Week. The week of May 6-12, selected to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday May 12, celebrates the innovations driven by nurses to provide quality patient care. We appreciate all that you do. Thank you for your excellence in practice.
National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month
Celebrate National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month (NCCARM), which honors the dedication and commitment of critical care professionals. With activities led by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, NCCARM is also supported by American Association for Respiratory Care, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society and AACN. Access ways to celebrate, including the tradition of wearing blue on Friday, May 17.
Guideline on transcutaneous monitoring of carbon dioxide and oxygen
Access an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., summary of “AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: Transcutaneous Monitoring of Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen” from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), Irving, Texas, based on an article in the November 2012 Respiratory Care.
Recording of CDC avian influenza virus conference call
Access a recording of an update for clinicians on the avian influenza A (H7N9) virus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta. The conference call on April 18 included recommendations on testing, infection control and treatment.
Guidelines for older adults with multimorbidity
Access the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., summary “Guiding Principles for the Care of Older Adults With Multimorbidity: An Approach for Clinicians,” based on an article in the October 2012 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
AACN awards Impact Research Grants
AACN recently awarded two Impact Research Grants to drive change in clinical practice. Meg Campbell and her team at Wayne State University College of Nursing, Detroit, received an Impact Research Grant to investigate the potential for standardizing ventilator withdrawal for patients at the end of life. Martha A.Q. Curley and her team at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, received the grant to further investigate tools to assess the risk of pediatric patients developing pressure ulcers. AACN research grants are available to established researchers and beginning researchers with mentors; principal investigators must be AACN members. Submit AACN research grant applications online Sept. 1-Nov. 1.
The best way to plan your National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) experience and connect with other attendees is by signing up for NTI Network, our online community for NTI participants. With NTI Network you can schedule your week, connect with experts, colleagues and friends, and stay organized. Enhance your NTI experience with NTI Network:
Reserve your seat for free ticketed events, including Sunrise Sessions and the daylong Patient Safety Summit. Space is still available for most sessions.
Browse the NTI program for speakers and session summaries, and create your own schedule. You can also download session handouts if the speaker has provided any.
Participate in discussions and identify attendees with similar interests.
May 21: AACN Community Forum at NTI
The annual AACN Community Forum will take place at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) on Tuesday, May 21, from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Join other NTI attendees in a conversation with AACN’s elected and volunteer leaders, ask questions and offer feedback as an engaged member of the AACN community. Submit questions for the forum in advance by Sunday, May 12.
From May's AACN Bold Voices
"Dare to Give an 'A'"— Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
AACN Retractable Badge Holder
High-quality retractable badge reel in white featuring AACN logo in white on royal blue background. Reinforced vinyl strap with snap buttons and clip.
Member Price: $3.00 (Non-Member: $3.50)
The Nurse Manager's Guide to an Intergenerational Workforce
Author: B. Clipper
(Book, 151 pages, 2013)
As part of the Nurse Manager’s Guide series, this how-to approach provides strategies and tools for the nurse manager when it comes to coaching their nurses in order to reduce conflict among each generational cohort of nurses. Ultimately, this will improve job satisfaction, organizational performance and patient care overall.
Member Price: $28.00 (Non-Member: $29.95)
Compact Clinical Guide to Critical Care, Trauma, and Emergency Pain Management
Author: Y. D'Arcy, L. Marmo
(Book, 376 pages, 2013)
In an easy-to-use, bulleted format, the book provides the most current information on assessing and managing pain in a variety of critical conditions. Both pharmacological management therapies and non-pharmacologic interventions are included along with information about pain assessment screening tools for special populations.
Member Price: $47.50 (Non-Member: $50.00)
Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing and Notes on Nursing for the Labouring Classes
Author: V. Skretkowicz
(Book, 480 pages, 2010)
Celebrate Florence Nightingale's Birthday May 12th!
Member Price: $$38.00 (Non-Member: $40.00)
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