Critical Care eNewsline: July 10, 2014

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July 10, 2014


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EVIDENCE - Oral health

NEWS - Family presence

AACN NEWS - Webinar on workplace bullying




Critical thinking is the key to preventing and resolving problems. If you can’t think critically, you become part of the problems.


Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment: A Practical Approach,” 5th ed.,
by Rosalinda Alfaro-LeFevre



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Nominate for 2015 AACN Circle of Excellence awards by Aug. 1

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 Aug. 1. Learn more and nominate.


AACN Nurse Manager Priorities: early-bird savings through Sept. 8

Thrive as a nurse leader, and face the changes and challenges in today’s healthcare environment, equipped with expert knowledge and confidence. Hone your leadership skills, or focus on new skills by attending the fourth annual AACN Nurse Manager Priorities conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Earn up to 22 CNE contact hours.


AACN Progressive Care Pathways: early-bird savings through Sept. 8

AACN Progressive Care Pathways, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, at the Opryland Gaylord Resort & Conference Center in Nashville, addresses progressive care nurses’ unique educational and professional development goals to enhance assessment and critical thinking skills, and decision-making confidence. The fourth annual conference includes sessions on innovative evidence-based strategies and opportunities to engage with peers and progressive care experts. Earn up to 22 CNE contact hours.


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.


Time running out to take ACNPC, CCNS exams

If you plan to take the ACNPC exam or the CCNS exam, you must apply by Dec. 31. AACN Certification Corporation will not offer the adult, pediatric and neonatal CCNS exams or the adult ACNPC exam for initial certification after this date. Current ACNPCs and CCNSs may continue to renew their certification in the future if they meet renewal requirements and do not let the certification lapse.



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CNE article in AJCC addresses oral health

July’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) includes “Oral Health: Something to Smile About!” a CNE article based on this year’s Distinguished Research Lecture, which offers insights about a research program focused on the contribution of poor oral health to systemic illness, the importance of collaboration and mentoring in building nursing science, and future directions for research.


Article in AJCC discusses effects of work shifts on sleep

Critical care nurses get less sleep between consecutive work shifts, particularly between consecutive night shifts, according to “Impact of Work Schedules on Sleep Duration of Critical Care Nurses,” in July’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC). Any implications for patient safety need further study.


Corticosteroids may increase risk of delirium

Systemic corticosteroid administration is significantly associated with transitioning to delirium from a nondelirious state in ICU patients with acute lung injury, according to “Corticosteroids and Transition to Delirium in Patients With Acute Lung Injury,” in June’s Critical Care Medicine.



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FDA announcements

On July 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Maryland, announced that Vascular Solutions, Minneapolis, has recalled the Langston V2 Dual Lumen Pressure Monitoring Catheter, because it received reports that the inner catheter of some of the monitoring catheters has separated from the device hub during use.

On July 2, the FDA announced that Medtronic, Minneapolis, has recalled the Duet External Drainage and Monitoring System, because the patient line tubing may separate from the patient line connectors.


Campaign to eliminate restrictive visiting policies

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, Bethesda, Maryland, has launched “Better Together: Partnering With Families,” a campaign that challenges hospitals to eliminate restrictive visiting policies and treat families as partners in care. The campaign’s website includes free downloads with tools, checklists and reports to help hospitals make changes. AACN is one of the organization’s partners.



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Hepatitis C testing resources for clinicians and patients

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland, has several resources related to hepatitis C testing, including continuing education hours for a video and monograph that summarize evidence about screening for hepatitis C infection, a clinician research summary, a full research review and a consumer summary for patients.


AACN Practice Alert: Family Presence: Visitation in the Adult ICU

The unrestricted presence and participation of patients’ family members and friends has wide-reaching benefits for patients, both medically and psychologically. This AACN Practice Alert outlines administrative and practical considerations for implementing less-restrictive access to the bedside for these partners in care. Access other AACN Practice Alerts; all are provided free of charge.


ACCNS-AG certification review free with exam application

AACN offers an online certification review course to help prospective adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) prepare for the ACCNS-AG certification exam, which aligns with the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. Available in an interactive, on-demand format that mirrors the Q&A structure of the exam with the rationale for correct answers, the course is free when you apply for the certification exam. If purchased separately, the course is $159/members and $199/nonmembers.



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Live webinar Aug. 21: Bullying in the workplace

Learn about the concept of bullying and its associated continuum of behaviors at AACN’s live webinar, “Bullying in the Workplace: It Harms More Than the Bullied,” Thursday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m. PT. Educator Karen Stutzer, Chilton Medical Center, Pompton Plains, New Jersey, will review research data on the effects of bullying on you, your colleagues and your patients, and suggest strategies. 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.


Apply for an AACN grant starting Sept. 2

AACN invites clinicians and researchers to apply for nearly $200,000 in grants, which can range from $10,000 to $50,000 each. They fund priority projects that address gaps in clinical research and support the translation of these findings for bedside nurses. This year’s recipients include Norma Metheny, Saint Louis University School of Nursing, St. Louis, who will study feeding-tube placement in infants, and Ruth Kleinpell, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, who will lead a multisite study of ACNP care outcomes. Applications open Sept. 2 for the next funding cycle and must be submitted online by Oct. 31.


Focus the Flame

President's Note from July's AACN Bold Voices
“Focus the Flame”— Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015



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