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September 12, 2013
ACTION - Register for AACN Las Vegas conferences
AACN NEWS - 2014 Distinguished Research Lecturer
EVIDENCE - Higher glucose levels and dementia
AACN NEWS - Free webinar series on alarm management
Productive shift reports require effective leader behaviors, such as directing, closed and open questioning, and supporting. New graduates need not shy away from these leader behaviors. ”
“Critical Care Nursing Practice Guide: A Road Map for Students and New Graduates,”
by Elizabeth Simon
Submit poster abstracts for NTI2014 by Sept. 13
Submit poster abstracts for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) — Saturday, May 17, to Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Denver — in three categories: Research, Evidence-based Solutions and Chapter Best Practice. Read the Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines first.
Sept. 17-20: AACN Progressive Care Pathways, 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 who are moderately stable with a high risk of becoming unstable. Learn more and register.
Sept. 18-20: AACN Nurse Manager Priorities, 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 that are fundamental to nurse leaders in critical care. Learn more and register.
Sept. 19: Free 30-minute webinar on delirium
The next program in the free AACN Critical Care Webinar Series will be Thursday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. PT. Leanne Boehm of Vanderbilt University will present “Delirium Challenge: Assessing, Managing in Acute/Critical Care.” Boehm’s webinar will explore the latest thinking around delirium monitoring tools and operationalizing best practices. The event is the second session in a three-part webinar miniseries devoted to interpreting new pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) guidelines. Registration includes the live session, implementation tools and resources, an online discussion forum and access to the on-demand recording. Learn more and register.
Free ISMP webinar on preventing tubing misconnections
On Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. ET, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), Horsham, Pa., will offer a free webinar titled “Preventing Catheter and Tubing Misconnections: Risk Assessment and Interventions That Work.” The 90-minute webinar will present a free tool for assessing potential tubing misconnections and describes prevention initiatives. Learn more and register.
CNE article in AJCC finds alcohol dosing can reduce risk of withdrawal complications
“Alcohol Withdrawal Prevention: A Randomized Evaluation of Lorazepam and Ethanol – A Pilot Study” indicates that providing patients with low-dose ethanol can lessen the need for lorazepam and reduce the risk of complications from alcohol withdrawal, with no decrease in safety. The study, a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in September’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), compared two groups of patients with acute myocardial infarction who had a history of alcohol use and met screening criteria; one group received lorazepam and the other received lorazepam and ethanol.
Study in AJCC finds cleaning reusable telemetry leads is cost-effective
Cleaning reusable telemetry leads with sodium hypochlorite wipes is effective in reducing microbial colonization, according to a study in September’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC). “Microbial Colonization of Electrocardiographic Telemetry Systems Before and After Cleaning” concludes that cost analysis supports cleaning reusable leads instead of investing in disposable leads.
Higher glucose levels may increase risk of dementia
“Higher glucose levels may be a risk factor for dementia, even among persons without diabetes,” notes “Glucose Levels and Risk of Dementia,” a study of 2,067 participants with a median follow-up of 6.8 years, published in Aug. 8’s The New England Journal of Medicine.
Review of heparin thromboprophylaxis
September’s Critical Care Medicine includes “Heparin Thromboprophylaxis in Medical-Surgical Critically Ill Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials,” which says “any type of heparin thromboprophylaxis” reduces deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in these patients, and low-molecular-weight heparin, compared with unfractionated heparin, reduces pulmonary embolism.
Study doesn’t support otamixaban for patients with NSTE-ACS undergoing planned early PCI
“Anticoagulation With Otamixaban and Ischemic Events in Non-ST-Segment Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes (NSTE-ACS): The TAO Randomized Clinical Trial,” published online Sept. 1 in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, concludes that study findings “do not support the use of otamixaban for patients with NSTE-ACS undergoing planned early percutaneous coronary intervention” (PCI).
National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention
Adverse drug events, the largest contributor to hospital-related complications, account for more than 3.5 million physician office visits each year. As a result of increased attention to reducing and preventing the dangers associated with adverse drug events, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), in partnership with other departments, has developed the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention. HHS seeks feedback on the draft version of the plan until 5 p.m. ET, Oct. 3.
CDC issues recommendations for TB skin test shortage
On Sept. 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, updated its recommendations for adapting testing protocols during the national shortage of Tubersol, the purified-protein derivative tuberculin (TB) antigen solution used for tuberculosis testing and manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater, Pa. The CDC recommends any of three approaches: 1) substitute interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) blood tests for TB skin tests, 2) substitute Aplisol, manufactured by JHP Pharmaceuticals, Parsippany, N.J., and 3) allocate TB skin tests to priority usages. The shortage is expected to last until at least mid-October.
Nearly one-fourth of deaths from cardiovascular disease are avoidable
“Nearly one fourth of all cardiovascular disease deaths are avoidable,” according to a study in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published online Sept. 6 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. “Vital Signs: Avoidable Deaths From Heart Disease, Stroke, and Hypertensive Disease – United States, 2001-2010” finds avoidable deaths “disproportionately occurred among non-Hispanic blacks and residents of the South.” The overall mortality rate for cardiovascular disease declined 29 percent.
Ankle-Brachial Index recommendations
Access “Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment With the Ankle-Brachial Index in Adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement,” in the Sept. 3 Annals of Internal Medicine.
Reducing use of sitters in acute care
“A Sitter-Reduction Program in an Acute Health Care System” reduced sitter use by more than 50 percent, according to March-April’s Nursing Economics.
Improving alarm safety
“Improving Medical Device Alarm Safety in Hospitals,” in the October/December Journal of Nursing Care Quality, discusses the issue of alarm safety and potential solutions.
AACN partners with AAMI on alarm management webinar series
An alarm management webinar series begins at Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. ET. AACN, one of eight co-conveners, is partnering with AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation), Arlington, Va., to offer this series designed to prepare multidisciplinary healthcare teams to comply with The Joint Commission’s 2014 National Patient Safety Goal regarding alarms. The free seven-part series runs through April 29, 2014. Learn more and register.
AACN names Munro 2014 Distinguished Research Lecturer
Cindy L. Munro, whose research focuses on the relationship between oral health and the prevention of systemic disease, is AACN’s 2014 Distinguished Research Lecturer. Associate dean for research and innovation and professor at University of South Florida College of Nursing in Tampa, Munro has published more than 100 articles related to her research and is co-editor of AACN’s American Journal of Critical Care. She is the 33rd recipient of this annual award and will discuss her research at the 2014 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Denver next May. Funded by a grant from Philips Healthcare, Andover, Mass., the award recognizes nurses whose research programs significantly influence high acuity and critical care.
AACN scholarships support the future of our members
Continuing professional development scholarships enhance the value of AACN membership. Whether you seek learning through a national or local program, AACN scholarships support you in expanding your knowledge and skills to develop your career. Start your learning journey by visiting the Continuing Professional Development Scholarships Web page, where you’ll see the many opportunities AACN scholarships have supported, from health policy, evidence-based practice and leadership development to personal growth and communications. Then read “Important Information for Scholarship Applicants” before you start your online application. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
From September's AACN Bold Voices
"The Gift of Courage" — Vicki Good, AACN President 2013-2014
CCRN and PCCN Pens 12 pack
Product Code:402100 and 402509
Make a bold statement about certification with this retractable, metallic ballpoint pen.
Member Price: $10.00 (Non-Member: $12.00)
Fast Facts for the Clinical Nursing Instructor, 2nd Ed: Clinical Teaching in a Nutshell
Author: E. Zabat Kan, S. Stabler-Haas
(Book, 183 pages, 2014)
The book describes policies and procedures with which instructors must be familiar, and reviews legal issues including confidentiality and patient privacy. Proper documentation and student evaluations are discussed as well as how to conduct student clinical conferences. Also covered are ways to make efficient use of onsite personnel and the instructor's responsibility regarding NCLEX preparation. This is a valuable resource for nurses who are beginning their professional teaching careers and for seasoned faculty trying to optimize the learning experience for their students.
Member Price: $27.00 (Non-Member: $30.00)
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Experienced Registered Nurses - Florida Hospital Altamonte
Altamonte Springs, FL
Florida Hospital Altamonte Experienced RN Hiring Event September 26, 2013, 9:00am – 3:00pm, 601 East Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701, (Chatlos Conference Room within Florida Hospital Altamonte).
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Seasonal RNs – HCA North Texas
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Rapid Response Nurse Practitioner – Bronson Methodist Hospital
Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan, is seeking a motivated, self-directed professional to join their Nurse Practitioner led Rapid Response Team.
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Certification Practice Specialist – American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Telecommute or Aliso Viejo, CA
The Certification Practice Specialist participates in the development, review and validation of acute and critical care nursing content for AACN's certification products.
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