Critical Care eNewsline: Feb. 20, 2014

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February 20, 2014


ACTION - VAE webinar

EVIDENCE - Transport tool

NEWS - Patient Safety Awareness Week

AACN NEWS - Renew certification online




The effects of unaddressed health needs on human functioning and flourishing make it crucial that healthcare professionals can be trusted to maintain their primary focus on individual and societal healthcare needs even when faced with economic, institutional, or time pressures.


Nursing Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Advanced Practice,” 2nd ed., by Pamela J. Grace



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Live webinar: Clinical focus shifting from VAP to VAE

Learn about the spectrum of and criteria for ventilator-associated events (VAEs), 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.


Get ready to celebrate Certified Nurses Day 2014

Certified Nurses Day, March 19, recognizes and honors certified nurses and encourages eligible nurses to become certified. Access more information, and please send your strategies, photos, testimonials and success stories to, with “Cert Testimonials” or “Celebrate Certified Nurses” (for photos) in the subject line.


Apply for ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowship

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), Horsham, Pa., is accepting applications for two 12-month ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowships, starting in July. Based in the ISMP office near Philadelphia, fellows learn and collaborate with leading experts to develop and implement interdisciplinary error-prevention strategies that reduce the risk of medication errors, and work on communication and education initiatives for healthcare professionals and the public. Access more information and an application. ISMP application deadline is March 31. AACN members may apply for an AACN continuing professional development scholarship to participate in the program.


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 presents new transport tool

Adaptation of the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care to Critical Care Transport,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in February’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), describes a new tool inspired by the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care to determine the appropriate level of care for interfacility transport.


Article in CCN describes how to teach best practices

February’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN) includes “Incorporating Best Practices Into Undergraduate Critical Care Nursing Education,” which explains how a college introduces students to best practices and uses assignments to promote application.


Daily chlorhexidine baths decrease MRSA

Daily Bathing With Chlorhexidine-Based Soap and the Prevention of Staphylococcus aureus Transmission and Infection,” in March’s Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, finds that bathing with chlorhexidine decreases S. aureus transmission, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).


Many complications not diagnosed until after discharge

More than one-quarter of complications aren’t diagnosed until after discharge and strongly predict readmission, according to “The Relationship Between Timing of Surgical Complications and Hospital Readmission,” published online Feb. 12 in JAMA Surgery. “Hospital discharge is an insufficient end point for quality assessment,” the study notes.



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Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 2-8

“Navigate Your Health … Safely” is the theme for the National Patient Safety Foundation’s (NPSF’s) 2014 Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 2-8. Access suggested activities for healthcare professionals, and for patients and families. Resources include media templates, social media content and downloadable logos. Be sure to visit the event’s Facebook page, and tell them about your plans for the week. Email with any questions.


FDA denies naproxen label change

On Feb. 11, an advisory committee for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, Md., voted not to change the warning label on naproxen to suggest that it has a better cardiovascular risk profile than other nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs, according to a report in MedPage Today.


Special section on distractions in healthcare

The Perspectives on Safety section in February’s webM&M focuses on interruptions and distractions in healthcare, with an interview on how they influence patient safety. A Perspective article describes research in this area and advocates for promoting and teaching mindfulness to improve safety.



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Nurse-patient communication in ICU

Effect of a Multi-Level Intervention on Nurse-Patient Communication in the Intensive Care Unit: Results of the SPEACS Trial,” published Dec. 9, 2013, in Heart & Lung, concludes the study “provides support for the feasibility, utility and efficacy of a multi-level communication skills training, materials” and speech language pathologist consultation intervention in the ICU.


AACN Practice Alert on CAUTIs

UTIs are the most common nosocomial infection, accounting for up to 40 percent of infections reported by acute care hospitals. Up to 80 percent of UTIs are associated with an indwelling urinary catheter, leading to higher patient morbidity and mortality rates, and increased hospital costs. This AACN Practice Alert, Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs), stresses the use of pre- and post-catheterization assessments to gauge proper catheter use and to monitor early indications of infection. Access other AACN Practice Alerts, all of which are provided free of charge.



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Renew your certification online

Online renewal is now available for all AACN certifications. Before starting, consult the latest version of the renewal handbook for your certification. You will need your current RN or APRN license number and expiration date, as well as the contact information for a clinical supervisor or professional associate who can verify your clinical hour eligibility requirements.


Step Forward

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



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CCRN/PCCN Lunch Bag Set with Container


Set includes lunch cooler with a BPA-free storage container. Set comes complete with plastic utensils that snap into the lid. Freezer and microwave safe.

Member Price: $15.00 (Non-Member: $18.00)





The Stroke Book, 2nd Ed.

Editor: M. Torbey, M. Selim
(Book, 380 pages, 2013)
Product Code:301518
ISBN: 9781107634725

Designed for use by busy professionals who need quick answers, this revised and updated second edition of The Stroke Book is a concise and practical reference for anyone involved in managing critically ill cerebrovascular patients.

Member Price: $56.95 (Non-Member: $59.95)





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