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July 3, 2014
ACTION - National CNS census
EVIDENCE - Sedation and unplanned extubation
RESOURCES - Free sepsis presentations
AACN NEWS - New boards of directors
Nurse leaders, through a combination of their training, professional experiences, and personal preferences, have unique knowledge and skills for which they are enthusiastic champions,”
writes Amy V. Blue in “Nursing Leadership From the Outside In,” by Greer Glazer and
Joyce Fitzpatrick, eds.
Live webinar July 10: Alternative methods for evaluating hemodynamic status
Learn about the use of functional hemodynamic parameters to evaluate the fluid status of patients in critical care units at AACN’s live webinar, “Integrating Functional Hemodynamics at the Point of Care,” Thursday, July 10, 10 a.m. PT. Researcher Elizabeth Bridges will discuss the validity of alternative hemodynamic monitoring options and present case studies on how to integrate these new parameters into bedside practice. Free registration includes the webinar, implementation tools and access to the on-demand recording. CNE is offered at no charge for AACN members and $5 for nonmembers.
Nominate for 2015 AACN Circle of Excellence awards
Nominate your peers and colleagues for the 2015 AACN Circle of Excellence awards, which recognize acute and critical care nurses who make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Up to 25 recipients will be selected by Dec. 31 and inducted into the Circle of Excellence Society. Nominations close Friday, Aug. 1. Learn more and nominate.
Participate in national CNS census by Dec. 31
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Philadelphia, invites all nurses who identify themselves as a CNS or were educated as a CNS to participate in the online 2014 CNS Census, which will collect information on demographics, education and practice.
Participate in a survey on coping with unsuccessful resuscitation
Dawn McMeekin, co-investigator, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, invites critical care nurses who meet the criteria to participate in a study examining mechanisms they use to cope with unsuccessful resuscitation. The study examines the relationship between post-code stress, coping behavior and symptom severity of post-traumatic stress disorder. After completing the online survey, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes, the first 100 respondents can submit their email address to receive a $5 electronic gift card from Starbucks. Email McMeekin with your questions; (727) 744-4819. You may also email Ronald Hickman, principal investigator; (216) 368-2147.
CNE article in AJCC reviews sedation and unplanned extubation
“Influence of Sedation Strategies on Unplanned Extubation in a Mixed Intensive Care Unit,” a CNE article in July’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that no sedation or intermittent sedation strategies are associated with higher rates of unplanned extubation compared to continuous sedation with daily interruption of sedatives.
Article in AJCC discusses prediction of discharge to long-term acute care
July’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) includes “Predicting Discharge to a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital After Admission to an Intensive Care Unit,” which finds that a new algorithm helps clinicians accurately estimate on the first day of ICU admission the likelihood of a patient’s discharge to a long-term acute care hospital.
Review of nutrition studies
“Nutrition in the ICU: An Evidence-Based Approach,” published in May’s CHEST, reviews and summarizes data from several studies related to enteral versus parenteral nutrition, supplementing enteral with parenteral nutrition, use of immunonutrition and how best to provide enteral nutrition.
News from the FDA
On June 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Maryland, approved Sivextro (tedizolid phosphate), Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Lexington, Massachusetts, to treat adults with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections caused by certain susceptible bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains. Sivextro is available for oral and intravenous use.
Revised elements of performance
On June 20, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, announced several revised elements of performance for hospitals and critical access hospitals, effective July 2. The revisions were designed to demonstrate equivalency to the current Medicare Hospital Conditions of Participation.
Free PowerPoint slide presentations on sepsis guidelines
Download a zip file with 12 individual slide presentations and one all-inclusive presentation that provide background for the recommendations and suggestions in “International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock 2012,” from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. Authors of the guidelines developed the free PowerPoint slide presentations, which can be “used for educational purposes to improve knowledge and team performance.”
Guideline on idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury
The American College of Gastroenterology, Bethesda, Maryland, published “ACG Clinical Guideline: The Diagnosis and Management of Idiosyncratic Drug-Induced Liver Injury” online June 17 in AJG: The American Journal of Gastroenterology.
Explore practice innovations from AACN CSI Academy
The AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy Innovation Database is a free and growing online compilation of nurse-driven initiatives that measurably improved patient outcomes and saved hospitals up to millions of dollars. Planned and implemented by teams of staff nurses as part of the AACN CSI Academy nursing leadership and innovation training program, the projects offer practice-based solutions to common — and costly — clinical challenges. This open sharing of project plans, interventions, outcomes and resources enables you, too, to lead change benefiting your patients and your hospital.
Relive NTI 2014 — View the photo albums on the NTI Facebook page
#NTI2014 in Denver was educational and inspiring: We celebrated, learned, networked and renewed our passion for nursing. Relive the conference by viewing the photo albums and sharing your thoughts on our NTI Facebook page.
New boards of directors effective July 1
We welcome new and continuing members of our two boards of directors. The AACN board unites our community of exceptional nurses as we drive excellence in high acuity and critical care, while the AACN Certification Corporation board ensures optimal outcomes for patients and families through high standards of professional practice excellence in specialty and subspecialty certification. They will help lead our community to help shape the future of nursing practice. Read more about our directors, and send a message to each board.
Focus the Flame
President's Note from July's AACN Bold Voices
“Focus the Flame”— Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015
"AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing," 3rd ed.
Author: S. Burns
(Book, 624 pages, 2014)
Covering basic to advanced critical care concepts, this evidence-based resource provides an essential foundation for the nursing care of critically ill patients. It is ideal for nurses beginning their critical care career and experienced nurses who can use this user-friendly resource for both essential and advanced concepts. ECG rhythm interpretation and treatment and pharmacology also make it an excellent resource for progressive care nurses.
Member Price: $71 (Non-Member: $79)
CCRN Messenger Bag
Be prepared with this versatile organizer/mobile messenger bag for CCRNs. Made of 600-denier polyester, this tote is durable and designed to last.
Member Price: $22.50 (Non-Member: $25)
AACN Shopper Bag
Bright-colored, laminated tote featuring the AACN Community logo. Great for shopping!
Member Price: $3 (Non-Member: $3.50)
Featured Career Opportunities
Multiple RN Positions Available - VA ST Louis Health Care System
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With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips.
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Critical Care Unit RN - Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
The multidisciplinary Critical Care Unit team at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has an opportunity for an RN. A successful candidate will have a strong focus on quality, safety & service.
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