Critical Care eNewsline: July 31, 2014

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July 31, 2014


ACTION - AACN conferences

EVIDENCE - Safety of childhood vaccines

NEWS - Delayed retirement grows RN workforce

AACN NEWS - Certification exams at TRENDS




People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.— Maya Angelou



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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.


Contribute to online ethics discussion

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Berman Institute of Bioethics, Baltimore, invite nurses to join a national dialogue on ethical challenges facing the profession. Participants can comment through a series of blog posts and Twitter chats. The dialogue will lay important groundwork for an invitational summit on nursing ethics, for which AACN is a strategic partner, scheduled Aug. 13-15. For more information, read “What Keeps Nurses Up at Night?


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. Access the online survey, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Email McMeekin with your questions; (727) 744-4819. You may also email Ronald Hickman, principal investigator; (216) 368-2147.


Participate in national CNS census by Dec. 31

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Philadelphia, invites all nurses who identify themselves as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or were educated as a CNS to participate in the online 2014 CNS Census, which will collect information on demographics, education and practice.



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Article in AJCC discusses nurses’ perspective on visiting hours

July’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) includes “Family Visitation in Greek Intensive Care Units: Nurses’ Perspective,” which finds that well-staffed units with experienced nurses and fewer shifts per week may affect nurses’ attitudes on open visitation.


CNE of the Month: 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.


Adverse events with routine childhood vaccines extremely rare

Serious adverse events for routine childhood vaccines are “extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide,” according to “Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization of U.S. Children: A Systematic Review,” published July 1 in Pediatrics. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland, the study finds strong scientific evidence that there is no link between autism and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines.



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FDA announces recall

On July 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Maryland, announced that GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wisconsin, has recalled its Single-Width Airway Modules (E-MiniC) and Accessories and Extension Modules (N-FC, N-FCREC), because the affected CO2 detectors may fail or provide incorrect CO2 values for patients who are mechanically or spontaneously ventilated.


Delayed retirement spurs growth in nursing workforce

The number of RNs postponing retirement has contributed to the recent growth in the workforce (2.7 million in 2012), according to an article in July’s Health Affairs. “Registered Nurses Are Delaying Retirement, a Shift That Has Contributed to Recent Growth in the Nurse Workforce” finds that for a given number of RNs working at age 50, the percent who were still working at 62 rose from 47 percent during 1969-1990 to 74 percent during 1991-2012.


Future of Nursing Scholars program awards grants

On July 15, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey, released “Future of Nursing Scholars Program Selects 14 Schools of Nursing to Receive Grants to Prepare PhD Nurses.” The initiative plans to support up to 100 PhD nursing candidates during its first two years.



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‘The American Nurse’ documentary

Expand the reach of “The American Nurse,” which premiered during National Nurses Week 2014, by hosting a screening. The film and book of the same name are part of The American Nurse Project, which aims to elevate the voice of nurses by capturing personal stories through photography and film. A portion of the proceeds from the film benefits a scholarship fund for nurse education managed by the American Nurses Foundation, Silver Spring, Maryland. The documentary is also available for download, rental or DVD purchase, and nurses can earn free CE by watching it through


Tools for a healthy heart

A Heart Healthy Toolbox: Lifestyle Change Tools for Health Care Professionals & Their Patients,” from the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, Madison, Wisconsin, is a compilation of resources that support heart-healthy lifestyle education for adult patients in cardiology and primary care settings. You can download tools for exercise, healthy eating, goal setting and many others.


Healthy Work Environment Assessment Tool

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



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New ACCNS-P certification review free with exam application

AACN has launched a new online certification review course to help prospective clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) prepare for the ACCNS-P 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 behind correct answers. It’s free when you apply for the ACCNS-P certification exam. If purchased separately, the course is $159 for members and $199 for nonmembers.


Scope and standards for acute care CNSs

A task force of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) has updated “AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice” to reflect the specialty’s evolving role and the ever-changing landscape of care. A practical tool for students, educators and advanced practice nurses caring for high acuity or critically ill patients and their families, it also aligns with the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. The booklet is offered in print and Kindle editions from AACN’s online bookstore, and a downloadable PDF is available at no charge.


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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"AACN Core Curriculum for Critical Care Nursing," 6th ed. (Adult)

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Brightly colored, laminated tote featuring the AACN Community logo. Great for shopping!

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