Critical Care eNewsline: April 17, 2014


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April 17, 2014


ACTION - AACN election closes April 21

EVIDENCE - Examining the evidence for interventions

NEWS - WHO releases hepatitis C guidelines

AACN NEWS - Additional Sunrise Session




Understand that the three most important management decisions you will ever make are whom you hire, whom you promote and whom you allow to remain on the team.


Time to Lead: The Ultimate Guide to Employee Engagement,” by Michael Henry Cohen



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Election 2014: Polls close April 21

Time is running out to vote in AACN’s Election 2014. Polls close April 21, 11:59 p.m. ET. Cast your ballot, or indicate your decision to abstain at, where you also can view candidate profiles. A response from 5 percent of eligible voters is required for a valid election. Support the candidates, our community and the future of critical care nursing with your vote.


Participate in a survey on family presence during resuscitation

Glynda Cochran, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, invites critical care nurses to participate in a study exploring whether attitudes and beliefs about family presence during resuscitation can predict critical care nurses’ intention to allow this practice. The confidential, online survey takes 20 minutes or less to complete. Email Cochran or Alice Hill, project adviser, if you have any questions.


Sign up for two free online courses

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, is offering two free online courses. Taught by Penn Nursing faculty members, these non-credit courses begin May 19, and are open to everyone. They are hosted on Coursera, a Web portal that makes interactive online courses available to people around the world:

Enroll in “Growing Old Around the Globe

Enroll in “Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body Is Telling Us



Two offerings from American Association of Colleges of Nursing:

Apply by May 2 midnight ET, for the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, July 27-31, Annapolis, Md. This program is designed to enhance the executive leadership skills of individuals in mid- to upper-level faculty positions who have experience in academic administration roles and aspire to lead the nursing academic unit, and individuals serving as chief academic administrators of nursing schools offering baccalaureate or graduate degrees who are new to the role. Learn more. AACN members may apply for an AACN continuing professional development scholarship to participate. Email with any questions.

Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) learning module series is a free faculty development resource for nurse educators teaching in undergraduate programs. For more information email Anna Katherine Pierce, faculty programs coordinator.


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CNE article in CCN reviews evidence for interventions

Examining the Evidence to Guide Practice: Challenging Practice Habits,” a CNE article in April’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), explores current evidence on four interventions: turning critically ill patients, sleep disruption in the ICU, feeding tube management in infants and children, and prevention of venothromboembolism.


Article in CCN discusses EBP

April’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN) includes “Choosing the Best Evidence to Guide Clinical Practice: Application of AACN Levels of Evidence,” which provides a brief history of AACN’s involvement in evidence-based practice (EBP), explains the recent clarifications added to the 2009 AACN levels of evidence and gives examples of how to change bedside practice in the clinical setting.


Ahead-of-print article in CCN

On April 15, AACN and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Silver Spring, Md., co-published “Nasogastric Tube Placement and Verification in Children: Review of the Current Literature” online, ahead of print. This article reviews the state of the science for verification of bedside placement of nasogastric tubes and ongoing assessment of tube location in children. The article also will appear in the June issues of Critical Care Nurse (CCN) and Nutrition in Clinical Practice.


Nonleg venous thrombosis in critical care

Patients who have a malignant condition may have a significantly higher risk of developing nonleg deep venous thrombosis (NLDVT), according to “Nonleg Venous Thrombosis in Critically Ill Adults: A Nested Prospective Cohort Study,” posted online March 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine. NLDVTs are found in 2.2 percent of critically ill medical-surgical patients.



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April 26: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control, Springfield, Va., takes place Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. local time, at collection sites across the country. The event encourages safe disposal of prescription drugs, while educating the public about the potential abuse of medications. Find a collection site near you.


WHO releases hepatitis C guidelines

On April 9, the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, released its first guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C. “Guidelines for the Screening, Care and Treatment of Persons With Hepatitis C Infection” contains key recommendations, including approaches to increase the number of people screened for hepatitis C infection, how to mitigate liver damage for those who are infected, and how to select and provide appropriate treatments.


Always Event starter kit

On April 4, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass., released the Always Events Getting Started Kit. Always Events® are experiences so important to patients and families that healthcare providers must perform them consistently for every patient, every time. The kit includes how to implement an Always Event initiative.



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CAUTI prevention

May’s Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology includes “Strategies to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Acute Care Hospitals: 2014 Update,” an expert guidance document sponsored by Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Arlington, Va.


Resources from A.S.P.E.N.

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Silver Spring, Md., offers the following:

A.S.P.E.N. Clinical Guidelines: Support of Pediatric Patients With Intestinal Failure at Risk of Parenteral Nutrition-Associated Liver Disease,” posted online April 2 in Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

A webinar titled “Raising Awareness: New Enteral Connectors,” April 30, 1-2 p.m. ET, which will discuss the new ISO enteral connectors coming in late 2014. There is a fee.



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Additional Sunrise Session

Sunrise Sessions, May 20 and 21, 7-8:30 a.m. MT, at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), Denver, are free, educational presentations where experts discuss a wide variety of topics on nursing practice. We now have an additional session, “Hyponatremia in the Critical Care Setting: Improving Collaborations in Care,” offered by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. You must be registered for NTI and then reserve a seat through NTI Network; space is limited. Sessions include a plated breakfast and offer 1.0 continuing education recognition point (CERP).


Plan to attend the Chapter LDW at NTI

Chapters bring AACN’s mission and vision to life in their communities. Register for the Chapter Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) at NTI, and learn best practices for communicating with chapter members to help them engage with and become more active in your chapter. Tips, resources, networking and much more will help your chapter grow and prosper. Keynote speaker Beth Wolfson of VitalSmarts, Provo, Utah, will teach us about crucial accountability. Learn more.


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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