Critical Care eNewsline: May 22, 2014

  Physio Control  

AACN CriticalCare eNewsline
Action Evidence News Resources AACN News Bookstore Jobs


Connect with AACN

facebook twitter YouTube AACN Press Releases

May 22, 2014


EVIDENCE - Interprofessional care in ICU

NEWS - News from the FDA

RESOURCES - New delirium severity tool

AACN NEWS - Evaluations due June 14




Being a preceptor is akin to having a video recording of everything you do implanted in the preceptee’s brain.


Mastering Precepting: A Nurse’s Handbook for Success,” by Beth Ulrich



Action Evidence News Resources AACN News Bookstore Jobs





Share your thoughts about NTI on Facebook

Tell us about your experiences, and let us know what you thought about the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), which closes today. Join the discussion on our NTI Facebook page, post your photos and “like” us while you’re there. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s NTI, in San Diego, May 16-21.


Comment on revision of ANA Code of Ethics by June 6

“The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements” is foundational for every RN’s practice. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is in the process of revising this document, which is posted for review and comment. ANA encourages you to read the entire document. Then, please post your comments on the preface and each provision by June 6.


Apply to be an HRSA grant reviewer

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Rockville, Maryland, is currently seeking volunteers to serve as grant reviewers for its programs. HRSA recently launched a Reviewer Recruitment Module database on its website, where those qualified can apply.


Participate in survey on family presence during resuscitation

Kelly Powers, a doctoral candidate at the University of Nevada School of Nursing, Las Vegas, invites critical care nurses to participate in a study to evaluate the effect of an online learning module on critical care nurses’ perception and self-confidence for implementing family presence during resuscitation. Email Powers with your questions, or call her at (201) 669-2400.



Action Evidence News Resources AACN News Bookstore Jobs





Study in AJCC examines interprofessional care

Delivering Interprofessional Care in Intensive Care: A Scoping Review of Ethnographic Studies,” in May’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), concludes that much remains to be learned about the team processes that facilitate or constrain work in the ICU.


‘Balancing Act: Optimal Care in the Real World’

In May’s issue, the editors-in-chief of American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) discuss the challenges of defining and implementing optimal care in daily critical care practice.


Frailty score predicts postop outcomes in geriatric patients

“The multidimensional frailty score based on comprehensive geriatric assessment is more useful than conventional methods for predicting outcomes in geriatric patients undergoing surgery,” concludes “Multidimensional Frailty Score for the Prediction of Postoperative Mortality Risk,” posted May 7 in JAMA Surgery.


Albumin doesn’t improve survival in severe sepsis

In patients with severe sepsis, adding albumin replacement to crystalloid administration doesn’t improve the rate of survival at 28 and 90 days, according to “Albumin Replacement in Patients With Severe Sepsis or Septic Shock,” in April 10’s The New England Journal of Medicine.


Delirium type relates to prognosis

Rapidly Reversible, Sedation-Related Delirium Versus Persistent Delirium in the Intensive Care Unit” finds that persistent delirium has a poorer prognosis than rapidly reversible, sedation-related delirium. Coordinating delirium assessments with daily sedative interruption will improve the ability “to prognosticate ICU delirium outcomes,” concludes the study in the March 15 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.



Action Evidence News Resources AACN News Bookstore Jobs





Nurse staffing legislation introduced

Federal legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate highlights the importance of safe nurse staffing levels and seeks to empower RNs to drive staffing decisions in hospitals. The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2014 (S. 2353) is sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR).


News from the FDA

On May 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Maryland announced that Hospira, Lake Forest, Illinois, recalled one lot of Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 100 mg/20 mL (5 mg/mL) 20 mL Multidose Vial, because of particulate embedded in the glass vial and visible particles in the solution.

On May 15, the FDA announced that Hospira, Lake Forest, Illinois, recalled one lot of Dobutamine Injection, USP, 250 mg, 20 mL, single-dose fliptop vial, because of possible glass particulate.


Full use of NPs would save California $1.8 billion

Allowing nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice to the full extent of their education could save California $1.8 billion on preventive care visits alone over 10 years, while increasing these visits by 2 million per year, according to a study released in April by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, San Francisco. “Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners Increases Access and Controls Cost” also notes that granting full practice authority to NPs “is one of the most effective steps that states can take to increase the supply of primary care providers while maintaining high quality and driving down costs.”


Update on Choosing Wisely campaign

The ABIM Foundation’s national Choosing Wisely campaign, which started two years ago, continues to gain momentum. A recent survey indicates 62 percent of physicians who were aware of the campaign are less likely to recommend tests or procedures that they learned were unnecessary, according to a May 14 article in AAFP News. AACN — as part of the Critical Care Societies Collaborative — identified five routine critical care practices that should be questioned, because they may not always be necessary and could be harmful.



Action Evidence News Resources AACN News Bookstore Jobs





New delirium severity tool

The CAM-S: Development and Validation of a New Scoring System for Delirium Severity in 2 Cohorts,” in the April 15 Annals of Internal Medicine, finds the new tool has “strong psychometric properties and strong associations with important clinical outcomes.” An editorial on the study notes that using Confusion Assessment Methods-S (CAM-S) also can lead to earlier recognition and treatment of delirium.


MBWA more effective when directed at problem solving

The physical presence of senior managers on their organization’s front lines isn’t helpful unless it enables active problem solving, concludes “The Effectiveness of Management-By-Walking-Around: A Randomized Field Study,” published March 31 in Productions and Operations Management.



Action Evidence News Resources AACN News Bookstore Jobs





Nominate for AACN Board and Nominating Committee by May 31

Submit nominations for the FY2016-18 AACN Board of Directors and the FY2016 Nominating Committee by May 31. Accountabilities and leadership requirements, available positions and nomination forms are posted online. For more information, contact Melinda Messenger-Stout, volunteer program specialist, (800) 394-5995, ext. 331;


CNE/CERP/Pharma evaluations due June 14

Track your evaluation of every NTI/API, ExpoEd, Sunrise and Poster session you attend. Enter your program and session evaluations and print your certificate at Copies of CNE/CERP/Pharma certificates issued are maintained at AACN in a secure, password-protected file for six years. You may enter evaluation information online during NTI or at home until midnight PT, June 14. After that date, you may only print your certificate.


Live webinar: Do RN work environments impact patient outcomes?

Learn about the importance of creating and sustaining a healthy work environment (HWE) at AACN’s next live webinar, “Critical Impact: How Work Environments Affect Nurses and Patients,” Thursday, June 12, 10 a.m. PT. Join health educator Beth Ulrich to discuss the impact of work environment on patient outcomes, six standards for HWEs and starting a conversation about improving your work environment. Free registration includes the webinar, implementation tools, an online forum and access to the on-demand recording. CNE is offered at no charge for AACN members and $5 for nonmembers.


Step Forward

From May's AACN Bold Voices
“What Were We Thinking?”— Vicki Good, AACN President 2013-2014



Action Evidence News Resources AACN News   Bookstore Jobs






AACN Acute Renal Failure Pocket Reference

(Pocket Cards, 2009)
Product Code:400755

Quick pocket reference for information on Acute Renal Failure Frequency and Acute Renal Failure Mortality/Morbidity.

Member Price: $2 (Non-Member: $4)





CCRN Retractable Badge Holder

(Badge Holders)
Product Code:402098

Versatile and convenient, this CCRN retractable badge holder features a reinforced vinyl strap button and clip backing for easy attachment to pockets, bags or belts. Makes a great gift. Order one for every CCRN in your unit.

Member Price: $3 (Non-Member: $3.50)





Featured Career Opportunities





Cardiac Care Director – Inova Health System

Washington, DC area

Inova Alexandria Hospital, a 320 bed nationally recognized hospital in Washington DC area seeking Cardiac Care Director to lead MSICU/CVICU units, oversee 30 beds, 75 FTE’s.
Read more about this position


Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – Mount Carmel Health System

Columbus, OH

Mount Carmel, one of the largest healthcare systems in central Ohio, is seeking acute care nurse practitioners for fulltime positions in our intensive care units.
Read more about this position


Registered Nurse ICU ($10K Sign on) –Atlanta Medical Center

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Medical Center is an award winning facility-2 hospital campuses (AMC Main - Level I Trauma + Teaching -AMC South – Community) $10K Sign- on Bonus, Relocation.
Read more about this position


ICU Nurse RN – ASA Professionals, LLC

Enid, OK

ICU Nurse RN job openings available with a top-notch critical care department in the expanding and family oriented city of Enid, Oklahoma. Flexible schedules available.
Read more about this position


Clinical Practice Specialist – American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Telecommute or Aliso Viejo, CA

The Clinical Practice Specialist will support the Technology Based Learning team that develops AACN’s e-learning programs.
Read more about this position






Do you have a comment, question or story idea for CriticalCare eNewsline? Send your email to

Did you know you can update your demographic profile, including your email address, online? Simply log in using your membership or customer identification number.


Connect with AACN

facebook twitter YouTube AACN Press Releases




AACN Webinar


AACN CSI Academy Database





Your Feedback