Critical Care eNewsline: Feb. 6, 2014

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February 6, 2014


ACTION - Alarm safety: live Q&A

EVIDENCE - ACNPs on rapid response teams

NEWS - Projections for RN job growth

AACN NEWS - Register for NTI’s Chapter LDW




Cerebral edema is the single most dangerous early complication of ALF” (acute liver failure),


writes Karen L. Krok in “The Intensive Care Unit Manual,” 2nd ed., Paul N. Lanken, Scott Manaker, Benjamin A. Kohl, C. William Hanson III



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Ask the expert: Live Q&A on clinical alarm system safety goal

On Feb. 13, 10 a.m. PST, AACN Critical Care Webinar Series presents “Live Q&A: Alarm Management Implementation Revisited.” This question-and-answer session featuring Johns Hopkins’ Maria Cvach is a continuation of AACN’s June 2013 Alarm Management webinar. The free event will focus on practical implementation of alarm-management protocols aligned with The Joint Commission’s clinical alarm National Patient Safety Goal. Registered webinar participants are encouraged to submit questions to the presenter in advance of the event through AACN’s Webinar Series Learn Network. Learn more and register.


Submit nominations for President’s Award for Chapters by Feb. 15

Nominate chapters for the 2014 AACN President’s Award for Chapters, which recognizes exemplary efforts to make a difference in the healthcare profession and communities and further AACN’s mission, vision and values. Nominees demonstrate how the chapter has exemplified the association’s theme — Step Forward — throughout the year. Access award details; nominations close Saturday, Feb. 15 (nomination period for other chapter awards has closed). More information at end of webpage.


Register for HIMSS

AACN has endorsed the 2014 HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Annual Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 23-27, in Orlando, Fla. At the conference, you’ll explore hundreds of market-ready solutions, listen to expert perspectives on critical issues and network with thousands of like-minded professionals. Keynote speakers include Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state. Register today.


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 webpage, 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 with any questions.


Participate in survey on nurse collegiality

Katie Menard, a PhD candidate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, invites nurses who provide direct patient care for 20 or more hours a week to participate in a study on collegiality among staff nurses and its relationship to the practice environment and missed nursing care. After completing the online survey, which takes about 20 minutes, participants can provide contact information to be entered in a random drawing for one of 10 $50 gift cards. Email Menard or call her at (517) 930-4225, if you have questions.



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CNE article in CCN discusses sedation and post-traumatic stress

Sedation and Its Association With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder After Intensive Care,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in February’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), reviews the literature on the influence of different sedation protocols on post-traumatic stress disorder.


Article in CCN about including ACNPs on rapid response teams

Addition of Acute Care Nurse Practitioners to Medical and Surgical Rapid Response Teams: A Pilot Project,” in February’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), discusses the effect of including acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) on rapid response teams.


Spontaneous awakening/breathing protocol reduces ventilator time

January/February’s AACN Advanced Critical Care includes “Achieving Quality Health Outcomes Through the Implementation of a Spontaneous Awakening and Spontaneous Breathing Trial Protocol,” which finds the protocol decreases the duration of treatment with mechanical ventilation and ventilator utilization ratio.


Choosing Wisely: critical care practices to question

AACN — as part of the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) — identified five routine critical care practices that should be questioned as a patient’s care plan is developed, because they may not always be necessary and could, in fact, be harmful. The CCSC list is part of the Choosing Wisely national campaign initiated by the ABIM Foundation, Philadelphia, in 2012 to help patients and their healthcare providers talk about what tests and treatments are really necessary. To date, more than 60 leading medical specialty societies have released specific, evidence-based recommendations on more than 200 procedures to question in order to make wise decisions on the most appropriate care, based on individual situations.



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ISMP statement on IV solution shortage

On Jan. 30, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), Horsham, Pa., issued “Regarding the Current IV Solution Shortage Affecting US Hospitals,” a statement that expands on recommendations from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Bethesda, Md


RN job growth

The number of RN jobs is projected to grow by 526,800 (19.4 percent), according to “Occupations Projected to Add Most New Jobs, 2012 to 2022,” a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Jan. 27. Of the 30 occupations projected to experience the largest growth, five are in healthcare.


Many families experience financial burden of medical care

According to a report published by NCHS Data Brief, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, more than one in four families experienced financial burdens of medical care in 2012. January’s “Financial Burden of Medical Care: A Family Perspective” also finds that “families with incomes at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) were more likely to experience financial burdens of medical care ...”



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AACN online bookstore offers free shipping for members

Enjoy a new benefit of AACN membership throughout 2014: free shipping on AACN online bookstore purchases of more than $50, before taxes. (Registration fees for conferences, other educational offerings and certification exams do not count toward total cost of shipped products.) No promo code is needed for this member appreciation discount, which is applied automatically at checkout. If you aren’t a member, join now to enjoy this incentive, plus many more benefits of belonging to our AACN community of exceptional nurses.



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Live webinar: Clinical focus shifting from VAP to VAE

Learn about the spectrum of and criteria for ventilator-associated events (VAE), and the current shift in perspective from the specific condition of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) to a broader focus on VAE by attending AACN’s next live critical care webinar, “Proactively Preventing Ventilator-Associated Events,” Thursday, March 13, 10 a.m. PT. Join University of Virginia’s professor emeritus Suzi Burns, an independent consultant specializing in progressive care nursing and clinical nursing research, for a discussion on VAE and improving patient outcomes. Free registration includes the live event, implementation tools and resources, an online discussion forum and access to the on-demand recording. Learn more and register.


Register for NTI’s Chapter LDW

Attention current and future chapter leaders: Register for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition’s (NTI’s) Chapter Leadership Development Workshop (LDW), Sunday, May 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., to build your communication skills. Chapters that attend receive a $435 stipend to help defray attendance costs, and there is no limit to the number of additional chapter leaders or members who may participate for $85 each. Register for LDW — class code PC127 — when you register for NTI. Contact your chapter advisor or with any questions.


Step Forward

From February's AACN Bold Voices
"When in Doubt, Explore"— Vicki Good, AACN President 2013-2014



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CCRN/PCCN Water Bottle


Stay hydrated with this stylish water bottle. A great companion for the busy professional.

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The Intensive Care Unit Manual

Editor: P. Lanken, S. Manaker, B. Kohl, C. Hanson
(Book, 1057 pages, 2014)
Product Code:128200
ISBN: 9781416024552

Intensive Care Unit Manual is a practical, hands-on, how-to manual that covers the full spectrum of conditions encountered in the ICU, guiding you step-by-step from your initial approach to the patient through diagnosis and treatment.

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