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February 13, 2014


ACTION - Register for AACN Clinical Priorities

EVIDENCE - Tracheostomy progression

NEWS - FDA announces recall

AACN NEWS - ACCNS-N exam launches




The leaders we need sometimes pull people outside of their comfort zones.


Transforming Health Care Leadership: A Systems Guide to Improve Patient Care, Decrease Costs, and Improve Population Health,” by Michael Maccoby, Clifford L. Norman, C. Jane Norman
and Richard Margolies



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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 likeminded professionals. Keynote speakers include Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state. Register for the conference.


Registration is now open for AACN Clinical Priorities 2014

Register to attend AACN Clinical Priorities 2014 (formerly known as A Slice of AACN NTI), April 15-17, MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Workshop topics include alarm management, healthy work environments, ethics and preventing healthcare-associated infections. The program includes full-day clinical sessions on neuro/trauma/stroke, sepsis, cardiovascular and common clinical disorders in high acuity patients. You can earn up to 22 CNE hours by attending the conference, which is designed for nurses who care for high acuity and critically ill patients in any type of adult unit, including intensive care, progressive, stepdown or trauma. Register by March 12 to obtain the early-bird discount.


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 tracheostomy progression

The Importance of Tracheostomy Progression in the Intensive Care Unit,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in February’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), discusses a systematic method for tracheostomy progression and describes how critical care nurses can facilitate this process.


Pediatric patients with AML often require intensive care resources

One-third of pediatric patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) “required intensive care resources within 9 months of diagnosis,” but mortality rates “were substantially lower than previously reported,” concludes “Outcome of Pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients Receiving Intensive Care in the United States,” in February’s Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.



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News from the FDA

On Feb. 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, Md., notified healthcare professionals to follow up with patients who received calcium gluconate 10% injections made by Rx Formulations, Mesa, Ariz., between Nov. 7 and Dec. 11, 2013. The injections were recalled Dec. 13, 2013, because of microbial contamination in lot #778961.

On Feb. 4, the FDA launched “The Real Cost,” a national public education campaign to prevent youth tobacco use and reduce the number of children ages 12 to 17 who become regular smokers.


Helicopter transport increases survival

Patients transported to a hospital by helicopter have a better chance of surviving traumatic injury than those transported by ground ambulance, despite having more severe injury and needing more surgical interventions, according to “Retrospective Review of Injury Severity, Interventions and Outcomes Among Helicopter and Nonhelicopter Transport Patients at a Level 1 Urban Trauma Centre,” in February’s Canadian Journal of Surgery.



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Assessment and management of dyspnea crisis

October 2013’s Annals of the American Thoracic Society includes “An Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report: Assessment and Palliative Management of Dyspnea Crisis,” an interdisciplinary consensus document that addresses assessment, ethical and professional considerations, development of patient education and quality improvement. The panel, assembled by American Thoracic Society, New York, included AACN representatives.


Immunization schedules

On Feb. 3, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommended 2014 immunization schedule for people 19 and older and for those 0 through 18 years old.


Alarm management resources

Although registration for the Alarm Systems Management Webinar Series is closed, free access to recorded webinars and resources is available following each webinar. The recording of the Jan. 28 live webinar, “Use of Middleware in Alarm Management: Ancillary Notification and Obtaining Alarm Data,” is ready for viewing, and CNEs are available. Sponsored by AACN, the Healthcare Technology Safety Institute (HTSI) and seven other industry leaders, the series helps healthcare teams comply with The Joint Commission’s 2014 National Patient Safety Goal regarding alarms. HTSI is an initiative of the AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) Foundation, Arlington, Va.



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New ACCNS-N exam

The ACCNS-N certification exam, fully aligned with the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education, was launched Feb. 12, for clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) who completed a neonatal CNS graduate program with a Consensus Model-based curriculum covering wellness through acute care. AACN Certification Corporation now offers four new exams — ACNPC-AG, ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P and ACCNS — that are among the first advanced practice nursing certification exams to be revised to reflect the new standards of the Consensus Model, which goes into full effect in 2015.


Register for NTI

AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), the premier conference for high acuity and critical care nurses, takes place Saturday, May 17 through Thursday, May 22, in Denver. NTI offers many opportunities for networking and education, with up to 35 CNE contact hours. Start your NTI planning:

Browse the educational program. Review the sessions that will improve your practice, and outline your educational and professional development priorities.

Register for NTI. The early-bird discount for the main conference ends April 3.

Book your hotel through AACN’s Housing Bureau, and receive a discounted room rate through April 1.

Sign up for NTI Network, then set up your profile. NTI Network is the best way to connect with other attendees online and on-site. You’ll receive an email invitation to join this online community after you register. Through NTI Network, you can add sessions, start or join hot topic discussions and reserve a seat for limited-seating sessions and events, including the half-day summit on moral distress and the Sunrise Sessions.

Preregister for certification exams at NTI. Paper and pencil administration of the CCRN, CCRN-E, PCCN, CCNS, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG and CNML specialty exams and the CMC (Cardiac Medicine) and CSC (Cardiac Surgery) subspecialty exams will be offered on-site at NTI the afternoon of Monday, May 19. Preregistration using a special NTI exam application is required. Payment of exam fees must accompany your application and arrive at AACN no later than Friday, April 18.


Step Forward

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



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