Critical Care eNewsline: Feb. 27, 2014

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February 27, 2014


ACTION - Register for AACN Clinical Priorities

EVIDENCE - Sedation and PTSD

NEWS - Nurses House campaign

AACN NEWS - Vote in AACN Election 2014




A productive researcher must have a skeptical mind and a love of solving puzzles,


writes Jerry Cromwell in “Nursing Leadership From the Outside In,” by Greer Glazer and
Joyce Fitzpatrick, eds.



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Register for AACN Clinical Priorities 2014

Register to attend AACN Clinical Priorities 2014 (formerly 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 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 at this conference, which is designed for nurses who care for high acuity and critically ill patients in any adult unit, including intensive care, progressive, stepdown or trauma. Register by March 12 to obtain the early-bird discount: $485 for AACN members and $515 for nonmembers. The special hotel rate is $77/night plus tax and resort fees, if you reserve your room by March 24.


ACCNS-AG certification review free with exam application

AACN has launched an online certification review course to help prospective adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) prepare for the ACCNS-AG certification exam — the only exam currently available for this CNS specialty that aligns with the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. The course is available in an interactive, on-demand format that mirrors the Q&A structure of the exam and provides the rationale for correct answers. It is free when you apply for the certification exam. If purchased separately, the course is $159 for members and $199 for nonmembers.


Participate in survey on ICU visitation

Samantha Flick, a master’s student at East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., invites critical care nurses to participate in a study about their perceptions and practices regarding children visiting adult loved ones in the critical care setting. The confidential, online survey takes 15-25 minutes to complete. Email Flick or Priti Desai, assistant professor, if you have any questions.



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CNE of the Month: Article in CCN discusses sedation and PTSD

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


ICU culture and practice affect end-of-life decisions

Variation in Decisions to Forgo Life-Sustaining Therapies in US Intensive Care Units,” posted online Feb. 13 in CHEST, finds that although patient factors such as advanced age, white race, female gender and poor baseline functional status explain much of the variability, ICU culture and practice also have a role.


Early nutrition improves outcomes in patients who are septic

Close to Recommended Caloric and Protein Intake by Enteral Nutrition Is Associated With Better Clinical Outcome of Critically Ill Septic Patients: Secondary Analysis of a Large International Nutrition Database,” published Feb. 10 in Critical Care, finds that nutrition should be given early in the ICU stay.



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Caring for patients with H1N1

Critically Ill Patients With Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 Virus Infection in 2014,” posted online Feb. 24 in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, offers “suggestions for the care and management of H1N1pdm09 patients at risk for critical illness during this influenza season,” based on what was learned during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.


FDA and EMA collaborate

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), London, are strengthening their collaboration on pharmacovigilance topics. They will hold regular meetings to “provide a forum for a more systematic and focused exchange of information on the safety of medicines.”


Third annual ‘Dolphins for Nurses’ campaign

Nurses House, a nurse-managed, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping RNs in need, has announced that from April 12 to May 12, major U.S. hospitals will offer blue or gold paper dolphins for a donation of $1 or $5 during its “Dolphins for Nurses” campaign. All proceeds benefit nurses in need, through the Nurses House Service Program. The dolphins can be displayed in a designated area of the hospital during Nurses Week, May 6-12. For information on how your group can participate, contact Stephanie Dague at or (518) 456-7858, ext. 27.



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AACN Practice Alert on prevention of aspiration

Critically ill patients, especially those who are tube-fed, may experience micro-aspirations, which greatly increase the risk of pneumonia and other complications. This AACN Practice Alert offers a checklist for aspiration prevention, including head-of-bed elevation, assessment of sedation levels and feeding-tube placement. Access other AACN Practice Alerts, all of which are provided free of charge.


Healthy Work Environment Assessment Tool

AACN’s Web-based Healthy Work Environment Assessment Tool can help you and your team measure your work environment’s health against the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments.



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AACN Election 2014: candidate profiles

Candidate profiles for AACN’s Election 2014 are posted on our website. Voting will begin March 21, and close April 21, but profiles are provided now for your review, so you will be prepared to elect the strongest AACN leadership team possible. If you have any questions, contact Melinda Messenger-Stout at (800) 394-5995, ext. 331 or


NTI early-bird discount ends April 3

Register now for AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), Saturday, May 17, through Thursday, May 22, in Denver. Highlights include:

Educational opportunities. Up to 35 CNE hours are available through more than 300 sessions and 400 exhibitors at the Critical Care Exposition.

Special sessions. Moral Distress Isn’t Going Away: Confronting Reality, a half-day summit Wednesday, May 21, features moderated conversations with experts and learners.

Content for APRNs. APRNs broaden their skills and knowledge at AACN’s Advanced Practice Institute, an educational program within NTI offering up to 20 pharmacology CNEs.

Self-study. Attendees can begin online AACN programs and certification reviews on their own computer or in our Self-Study Pavilion and complete them for a limited time after NTI.

Conference experience on-site and online. Robust social networking and scheduling helps attendees plan their NTI experience via NTI Network.


Live PCCN certification review course starts in April

AACN will offer 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, with teacher and peer-to-peer chats, 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.


Step Forward

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



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The handsome portfolio features a velvet lined tablet or eReader pocket, see through pocket for your smartphone, USB loops, stitched and padded covers, zipper closure, pen loop, and large exterior pocket.

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Understanding Teamwork in Health Care

Author: G. Mosser, J. Begun
(Book, 293 pages, 2012)
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ISBN: 9780071791953

Dr. Mosser and Dr. Begun blend clinical vignettes and science in a highly readable book to help us understand the importance and diversity of health care teams. The authors' conceptual frameworks are intellectually compelling, and their vignettes capture those concepts in action. Members of every type of health care team will find this book to be a valuable resource. Read the first three chapters. You won’t be able to resist the pleasure of reading the rest of the book." -- Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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