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May 23, 2013
NEWS - Tornadoes in the Midwest
AACN NEWS - Share your thoughts about NTI on Facebook
EVIDENCE - CNE in AJCC on rapid response teams
ACTION - Comment on proposed stroke measures
A diverse workforce is part of our lives; that is the way it is. Do not fight it, resist it, or try to change it. Accept it, embrace it, understand it, and learn how to work with it.”
“The Nurse Manager’s Guide to an Intergenerational Workforce,” by Bonnie Clipper
Comment on 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.
Submit learning session abstracts for NTI 2014
Access submission guidelines for Live Educational Sessions at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 17-22, 2014, in Denver. Submit an abstract by 11:59 p.m. PT Monday, June 3, 2013.
Next webinar in AACN’s free series: Managing Alarm Fatigue
Register for the third event in the free AACN Critical Care Webinar Series: “Managing Alarm Fatigue: New Approaches and Best Practices,” Thursday, June 20, presented by Marjorie Funk, Maria Cvach and Sue Sendelbach. Join this expert panel as they explore the scope of the problem, management of environmental alarms for improved patient safety and strategies for creating a more effective (and quieter) workplace. Registration includes the live session, implementation tools and access to the recorded webcast. Learn more and register.
Register for AACN Las Vegas conferences by Aug. 20 and save
AACN Progressive Care Pathways, Sept. 17-20, and AACN Nurse Manager Priorities, Sept. 18-20, will be held at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
With faculty experts who understand firsthand the challenges of caring for “not quite ICU” patients, the evidence-based content at AACN Progressive Care Pathways will address the needs of progressive care patients and provide direct clinical application of the evidence.
AACN Nurse Manager Priorities 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.
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.
Study in AJCC finds intensivists, subspecialty fellows contribute to cost variation
“Effect of Collaborative Care on Cost Variation in an Intensive Care Unit,” a study in May’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that ICU intensivists and subspecialty fellows contribute “significantly” to variation in discretionary costs, but “even in the presence of a hierarchical arrangement of clinical responsibilities,” the cost influences of the two types of physicians are independent.
CNE of the Month: 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.
RBC infusions associated with increased risk of infection after cardiac surgery
Each unit of red blood cells (RBCs) transfused in patients who underwent cardiac surgery “was associated with a 29 percent increase in crude risk of major infection,” finds “Blood Transfusion and Infection After Cardiac Surgery.” Paying greater attention to practices that limit RBC transfusions, such as cell salvage, and implementing preoperative and intraoperative measures to elevate hematocrit “could potentially reduce” major postoperative infections, notes the study, which the Annals of Thoracic Surgery posted online May 3.
AHA releases statement on pet ownership and CV risk
“Pet Ownership and Cardiovascular (CV) Risk: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association (AHA)” examines evidence related to pet ownership and various CV risk factors, including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity and physical activity. The statement, which Circulation posted online May 9, concludes that pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, is “probably associated” with decreased risk of CV disease.
Tornadoes in the Midwest
To our exceptional colleagues, patients, families and friends impacted by the catastrophic events caused by the tornadoes that struck the Midwest — particularly Oklahoma City and its suburbs, including Moore — please accept our heartfelt prayers and know that you are in our thoughts. Please visit our website for details and links for assistance.
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.
Nursing schools can apply for grant to help veterans obtain nursing degree
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) invites accredited schools of nursing to apply for a grant from the Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, which will fund as many as nine cooperative agreements of up to $350,000 a year. The program helps military veterans who have healthcare experience or training, such as medics, pursue a nursing career. Deadline: June 7.
Updated end-of-life care guidelines
The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institution in Garrison, N.Y., has released the revised and expanded second edition of “The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life,” first published in 1987 and available for purchase as a print or e-book.
Share your thoughts about NTI on Facebook
Tell us about your experiences, and let us know what you thought about the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), which closes today. Join the discussion on our NTI Facebook page, post your photos and “like” us while you’re there. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s NTI, in Denver, May 17-22.
AACN Practice Alert and webinar on bathing temporarily out of circulation
The AACN Practice Alert on bathing the adult patient and the related webinar are temporarily out of circulation. AACN and infection control organizations are collaborating more closely to align the information for use in clinical practice. An announcement will be posted when the updated alert becomes available. For questions about the practice alert, please contact email@example.com. For questions about the webinar, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
From May's AACN Bold Voices
"Dare to Give an 'A'"— 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 Outcome
Author: B. Mackoff
(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 make it stop. 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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