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May 9, 2013
NEWS - May 12: International Nurses Day
AACN NEWS - Election results are in!
AACN NEWS - Visit NTI for the day
ACTION - Submit questions for Community Forum at NTI by May 12
If I’m not uncomfortable, I’m not growing,”
writes Nancy C. Molter in “A Daybook for Critical Care Nurses,” Eileen Gallen Bademan
AHA/ASA performance measures for stroke
Send your comments on the proposed 2013 performance measures for acute ischemic stroke from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Stroke Performance Oversight Committee. Deadline: May 30.
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.
Participate in survey on end-of-life discussions with families
Susan Rackley, a graduate nursing student at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla., invites critical care nurses to participate in a study on their comfort with discussing end-of-life issues with families. Completing and submitting the confidential, online survey is considered consent to participate in the study. Email Rackley with questions.
Article in AJCC reviews new sepsis guidelines
May’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) includes “Implications of the New International Sepsis Guidelines for Nursing Care,” which reviews the guidelines, highlighting the role of critical care nurses.
CNE article in AJCC finds pain tool influences analgesic administration
“Behavioral Pain Assessment Tool for Critically Ill Adults Unable to Self-Report Pain,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in May’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that implementation of the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool increases frequency of pain assessment and appears to influence administration of analgesics.
Pain management helps reduce serious adverse events
“Decreasing Severe Pain and Serious Adverse Events While Moving Intensive Care Unit Patients: A Prospective Interventional Study (the NURSE-DO Project),” which Critical Care published online April 18, finds that “quality improvement of pain management is associated with a decrease of serious adverse events.”
May 12: International Nurses Day
International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is considered the founder of modern nursing. Each year, the International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland, also prepares and distributes a kit with educational materials.
May 14: Webinar
During a webinar on May 14 at 2 p.m. ET, Dr. Jen Nooney, lead author of “The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education,” a new report from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will discuss the report and the nursing workforce agenda from HRSA’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. Access additional information.
AACN Practice Alert on CAUTIs
UTIs account for nearly 40 percent of hospital-acquired infections in acute care hospitals, leading to increased hospital costs and higher patient morbidity and mortality rates. This AACN Practice Alert on Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) stresses the use of pre- and post-catheterization assessments to gauge proper catheter use and to monitor early indications of infection. Access additional AACN Practice Alerts.
NTI — Come for the Day. Learn for a Lifetime.
If you can drive or take the train to Boston, experience the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 18-23, for the day. NTI’s high-quality learning experiences, expert speakers and networking will transform an average day off into the learning experience of a lifetime. To choose the best day for you, visit www.aacn.org/ntisessions. There you’ll find dates and times for concurrent sessions, the Critical Care Exposition, the Advanced Practice Institute and other activities, including the May 22 Patient Safety Summit.
Two NTI ‘Special Events’ on Wednesday, May 22
This year’s NTI will approach Wednesday’s traditional celebration in a different way: two back-to-back special event opportunities. The first one has been planned for you. You might call it “Nurses Night In.” You’ll be welcomed with a drink and treats at a Red Carpet Special Event to experience one of NTI2013’s most moving moments. A special screening of “NURSES: If Florence Could See Us Now” immediately follows President-elect Vicki Good’s introduction of our new theme. Next is Boston’s endless array of food and entertainment, which made it impossible to pick just one for a group event. So an open-schedule evening lets you plan your own Boston experience for “Nurses Night Out.”
AACN’s 2013 Election Results
Thank you to everyone who voted in AACN’s 2013 election. Visit the election results page to view the biographies of the newest members of the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. Terms for the new members will begin July 1, 2013.
AACN Progressive Care Pathways, Sept. 17-20, 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 that are moderately stable with a high risk of becoming unstable. Register by Aug. 20 and save.
AACN Nurse Manager Priorities, Sept. 18-20, 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.
From May's AACN Bold Voices
"Dare to Give an 'A'"— Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
AACN Baseball Cap
Keep the sun out of your eyes and your head cool this season with this stylish AACN baseball cap.
Member Price: $14.00 (Non-Member: $16.00)
Cardiac Surgery Advanced Life Support Course Manual, 2nd Ed.
Author: J. Dunning
(Book, 87 pages, 2012)
This teaches everything you need to know about caring for the critically ill patient after Cardiac Surgery and also the protocol for arrests after Cardiac Surgery as Ratified by the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery and The European Resuscitation Council.
Member Price: $17.00 (Non-Member: $17.90)
Tarascon Palliative Medicine Pocketbook
Author: B. D. Moses
(Pocket Guide, 168 pages, 2013)
Tarascon Palliative Medicine Pocketbook is the only shirt-pocket sized, quick reference guide for having those difficult conversations with patients and family members who require palliative and hospice care.
Member Price: $18.95 (Non-Member: $19.95)
Nurse: A World of Care
Author: P. Jaret
Editor: M. Salmon
(Book, 240 pages, 2008)
In a moving tapestry of words and photographs, NURSE: A World of Care, documents and celebrates the vital and often invisible work of nurses throughout the globe. The perfect gift for any nurse for Nurse's Week.
Member Price: $28.45 (Non-Member: $29.95)
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