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April 3, 2014


ACTION - NTI early-bird registration ends today

EVIDENCE - Psychological effects of heart failure

NEWS - National Volunteer Week

RESOURCES - SCCM drug shortages guide




Not all evidence is equal.


Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence,” 2nd ed., by Caroline De Brun and
Nicola Pearce-Smith



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April 3: NTI early-bird registration ends

Save $76 on your registration fees for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 17-22, in Denver. High-quality learning opportunities, networking and time for sightseeing add up to an extraordinary NTI experience.

Earn nearly 35 CNE hours and additional continuing education recognition points through more than 300 concurrent sessions, weekend preconferences, self-study, poster presentations and Sunrise Sessions.

Our SuperSessions and keynotes will entertain and inspire as you gather with thousands of your colleagues.

The half-day summit — Moral Distress Isn’t Going Away: Confronting Reality — May 21, features national experts speaking on this hot topic (preregistration required).

Our online NTI community, NTI Network, helps you personalize your NTI experience with social networking and scheduling tools.


Election 2014: Your Voice Matters!

Exercise your right and responsibility to vote. Cast your ballot for AACN’s FY2015-2017 Board of Directors and the FY2015 Nominating Committee to have a say in the future of AACN and critical care nursing. Voting ends April 21, 11:59 p.m. ET. Candidate profiles are in March’s AACN Bold Voices or at, where you also can vote or indicate your decision to abstain.


Register for AACN Clinical Priorities 2014

AACN Clinical Priorities 2014 takes place April 15-17, MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Workshop topics include alarm management, healthy work environments, ethics and preventing healthcare-associated infections. The conference includes full-day clinical sessions on neuro/trauma/stroke, sepsis, cardiovascular and common clinical disorders in high acuity patients. Earn up to 22 CNE hours.


Live PCCN certification review course

AACN is offering a live, seven-part PCCN certification review course beginning Monday, April 21, to help prospective PCCN candidates prepare for the exam by reaffirming clinical knowledge and increasing test-taking confidence. Presented by Carol Rauen, each 2.5-hour session features interactive learning, exam practice questions and support materials. Available for individuals ($159) and groups up to 30 ($999), the course includes 90-day access to archived session recordings and 15.1 CNE hours. Learn more and register.


Submit learning session abstracts for NTI 2015

Abstract submission is open for Live Educational Sessions at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 16-21, 2015, in San Diego. Please review Guidelines for NTI Live Educational Abstracts before drafting and submitting your abstract. Deadline is Monday, June 2, 2014.



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CNE article in CCN discusses psychological effects of heart failure

Pathophysiological Relationships Between Heart Failure and Depression and Anxiety,” a CNE article in April’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), describes the relationships of the underlying pathophysiology of heart failure, depression and anxiety.


Selected studies in April’s Critical Care Medicine:

A Multibiomarker-Based Outcome Risk Stratification Model for Adult Septic Shock” describes a tool that “reliably estimates the probability of mortality in adults with septic shock.”

Troponin Elevation in Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: The Role of Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction and Right Ventricular Dilatation” concludes that left ventricular diastolic and right ventricular systolic dysfunction “seem to explain the association of troponin with mortality in severe sepsis and septic shock.”

Physical Complications in Acute Lung Injury Survivors: A Two-Year Longitudinal Prospective Study” finds that muscle weakness is common after acute lung injury and is associated with “substantial impairments in physical function and health-related quality of life” that persist at 24 months after hospital discharge.

The Association Between Renal Replacement Therapy Modality and Long-Term Outcomes Among Critically Ill Adults With Acute Kidney Injury: A Retrospective Cohort Study” notes that compared to intermittent hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapy is associated with a lower likelihood of chronic dialysis.


More contact isolation not necessarily better

Contact Precautions: More Is Not Necessarily Better,” in March’s Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, finds that “as the proportion of patients in contact isolation increases, compliance with contact isolation precautions decreases.”



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National Volunteer Week

As we look forward to celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, AACN applauds the vital contributions of our volunteers and the difference they make for nurses, patients and families. Thank you for donating your time through your local chapter, as an AACN ambassador or other volunteer activities, including work groups, task forces and planning committees.


Commentary calls for more rigorous FDA review

Premarket Approval Supplement Pathway: Do We Know What We Are Getting?” online March 25 in Annals of Internal Medicine, states the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., should require the submission of clinical data as part of a more rigorous safety reevaluation of medical devices. Currently, modifications of existing devices may be approved without additional clinical data through the premarket approval supplement, a less rigorous procedure.


mHealth apps

In Search of a Few Good Apps,” posted online March 24 in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, discusses issues surrounding reviews of mHealth apps, including the need for evidence-based information on effectiveness.



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SCCM drug shortages guide

On March 6, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Mount Prospect, Ill., released a comprehensive guide, including management strategies, for assessing and responding to shortages of sodium acetate injection, concentrated sodium chloride, potassium acetate and chloride injection, phosphate injection, calcium chloride and gluconate injection, and magnesium sulfate injection.



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FY2016-18 Board and FY2016 Nominating Committee

Nominations are now being accepted for the FY2016-2018 AACN Board of Directors and the FY2016 Nominating Committee (fiscal year is July 1 through June 30). Have an impact on our AACN community and the future of nursing by submitting your nominations; deadline is May 31, 2014. Accountabilities and leadership requirements, available positions and nomination forms are posted online. For more information, contact Melinda Messenger-Stout, volunteer program specialist, at (800) 394-5995, ext. 331 or


Step Forward

From April's AACN Bold Voices
“Moral Distress: It's Not Going Away”— Vicki Good, AACN President 2013-2014



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"Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence," 2nd ed.

Author: C. De Brun, N. Pearce-Smith
Editor: C. Heneghan, R. Perera, D. Badenoch
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ISBN: 9781118463130

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