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Newswise: Assessing Cognitive Function at Hospital Discharge Helps Identify Post-ICU Needs
27-Jun-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Assessing Cognitive Function at Hospital Discharge Helps Identify Post-ICU Needs
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Researchers at Montefiore Medical Center found that about 30% of ICU survivors could not complete a simple screening assessment for cognitive impairment at hospital discharge. About 47% of those who were able to complete the assessment scored at a level consistent with severe cognitive impairment.

Released: 23-Jun-2022 2:55 PM EDT
Novel Sleep Education Learning Modules Developed for Nurse Practitioners
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Sleep health is increasingly recognized as important to overall health, and sleep disturbances and disorders are clinical problems that require diagnosis and management. But when patients present with symptoms and concerns about their sleep disturbances, they often do so to healthcare providers who are not sleep specialists.

Newswise: Study Finds Nicotine-Sired Male Offspring at Risk of Addiction Behavior and Memory Impairments
Released: 8-Jun-2022 2:40 PM EDT
Study Finds Nicotine-Sired Male Offspring at Risk of Addiction Behavior and Memory Impairments
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Parental smoking is a significant risk factor for developing smoking behavior and nicotine dependence in offspring. These findings suggest that parental nicotine exposure may promote addiction-like behaviors in subsequent generations. Given the significance of cigarette smoking for public health, preventing nicotine use among adolescents is critical to ending tobacco use disorder and decreasing e-cigarette use.

Released: 8-Jun-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Access to Quality Anesthesia Care Increased for Maryland Patients
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Maryland patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the enacting of HB55. The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) applauds the new law, as it expands the scope of practice for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), granting them the authority to order and prescribe medications, including controlled substances.

Newswise: SBAR Tool Adds Structure to ICU Communication
24-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
SBAR Tool Adds Structure to ICU Communication
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Duke University Medical Center improved communication and collaboration between nurses and advanced practice providers in an ICU, with a standardized template to guide conversations. The effort also contributed to an improved sense of teamwork and other unexpected positive outcomes.

Released: 23-May-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Transition to ENFit Connectors Presents Opportunity to Review Feeding Tube Protocols
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Variations in practice and outdated protocols related to nasogastric feeding tubes can impact patient safety and lead to complications. U.S. healthcare organizations are currently transitioning to a new type of connectors, which provides an opportune time to review feeding tube insertion and care processes.

Released: 12-May-2022 11:05 AM EDT
AANA Recognizes and Honors Contributions of CRNAs During National Nurses Week
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

For the holistic patient care they deliver, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) recognizes and honors the contributions and perseverance of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and other nursing professionals during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2022.

Released: 10-May-2022 6:05 PM EDT
Michigan Opts Out of Physician Supervision of CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Michigan is now the 20th state to opt out from federal regulations that require physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) reports that the governors of 19 additional states and Guam have exercised such exemptions.

Newswise: Study Helps Determine Light Sedation Levels Among ICU Patients
27-Apr-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Study Helps Determine Light Sedation Levels Among ICU Patients
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A pilot study at Maine Medical Center found that scores on the RAS and SASS sedation scales that were best associated with a patient's ability to follow at least three commands are higher than the commonly recommended thresholds for each assessment tool.

Released: 26-Apr-2022 12:25 PM EDT
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Announces 2022 Fellows Candidates
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) recently announced that it has selected 51 distinguished leaders in the profession of nurse anesthesiology as candidates to be inducted into the 2022 Class of Fellows. The inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to the profession at the AANA’s Annual Congress, taking place on Aug. 12-16 in Chicago.

Released: 22-Apr-2022 1:05 PM EDT
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Wins 2022 Gold Circle Award for Excellence in Association Communications from ASAE
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has been recognized by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with a 2022 Gold Circle Award in the Digital Content category. The Gold Circle Awards competition is the premier association marketing, membership, and communications award program that recognizes excellence, innovation, and achievement in association/nonprofit marketing, membership, and communications campaigns and activities.

Released: 18-Apr-2022 9:35 AM EDT
Alabama Patients Have Increased Access to Affordable, Quality Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Alabama patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the signing today of HB 268 by Governor Kay Ivey. The law provides that, in addition to physicians and dentists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) may provide anesthesia care under the direction of or in coordination with a physician, podiatrist, or dentist.

Newswise: Coordinated Approach Helps Wean Patients From Mechanical Ventilation
Released: 12-Apr-2022 6:00 AM EDT
Coordinated Approach Helps Wean Patients From Mechanical Ventilation
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A standardized rounding tool sparks daily discussions of patient metrics and contributes to decrease in ICU length of stay and reduction in duration of mechanical ventilation.

Released: 11-Apr-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Lead As a Social Determinant of Child and Adolescent Physiological Stress and Behavior
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Lead is an environmental neurotoxicant that causes neurocognitive deficits and cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. It also disproportionately affects socially disadvantaged communities. The association between lead exposure and children’s IQ has been well studied, but few studies have examined the effects of blood lead on children’s physiological stress and behavior. Three University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) studies shed light on how lead can affect children and adolescents’ physiological stress and emotional/behavioral development.

Released: 1-Apr-2022 12:05 PM EDT
AANA Announces Bill Bruce as Chief Executive Officer
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) Board of Directors has appointed William “Bill” Bruce, MBA, CAE, to serve as AANA’s Chief Executive Officer, effective June 27, 2022.

Released: 1-Apr-2022 11:00 AM EDT
AANA Presents Excellence in State Government Relations Advocacy Award to Pennsylvania
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) will honor the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA) with the Excellence in State Government Relations Advocacy Award at its Mid-Year Assembly to be held in Washington, D.C., April 2-6.

Released: 30-Mar-2022 2:00 PM EDT
AANA President Issues Statement on Nurse RaDonda Vaught Verdict
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Dr. Dina Velocci, DNP, CRNA, APRN, president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) issued the following statement in response to a verdict of a former nurse found guilty in an accidental injection death of a patient.

Released: 28-Mar-2022 3:55 PM EDT
AANA Presents Health Leadership Award to Sen. Ben Ray Luján
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) will recognize Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) as the winner of its Health Leadership Award for 2022 at its Mid-Year Assembly, to be held in Washington, D.C., April 2-6.

Released: 28-Mar-2022 3:55 PM EDT
AANA Presents Health Leadership Award to Rep. Rodney Davis
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) will recognize Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) as the winner of its Health Leadership Award for 2022 at its Mid-Year Assembly, to be held in Washington, D.C., April 2-6.

Released: 25-Mar-2022 5:50 PM EDT
AANA Applauds Signing of Legislation Supporting Behavior Health for Healthcare Providers
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) commends President Biden for signing the “Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act” (H.R. 1667), which promotes behavioral health and well-being among healthcare professionals. The bill is named after an emergency room physician who died by suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 21-Mar-2022 11:45 AM EDT
AANA Applauds Rep. Underwood’s Support of Removing Barriers to Care in the Veterans Administration
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

ring a hearing on VA Healthcare workforce issues on March 17 in the House Committee on Veterans Affairs (VA), Committee member Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Congress to address workforce shortages in the VA healthcare system by allowing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice at the full scope of their licensure and education.

Released: 18-Mar-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Increasing Access to Breastfeeding Services for Incarcerated Women
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Of the more than 200,000 women in U.S. federal and state prisons and jails, it is estimated that up to 10% are pregnant and will give birth while incarcerated. Clinical practice guidelines to support breastfeeding and increase infants’ access to human milk are well established. However, little data assess the extent to which they are modifiable or applicable for incarcerated mothers.

Released: 17-Mar-2022 3:15 PM EDT
Laura Wiggins Receives AANA’s Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) will honor Lt. Col. Laura Wiggins, DNP, CRNA, with the Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award at its Mid-Year Assembly, to be held in Washington, D.C., April 2-6. Wiggins, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), is staff CRNA with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh and chief nurse for the critical care transport team in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Released: 17-Mar-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Penn Nursing Researchers Co-Edit Special Journal Issue About Social Determinants of Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) faculty J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, are guest editors of the April 2022 special edition of the journal Research in Nursing & Health. The Issue “Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health” is the first of its kind published by a nursing research journal.

Released: 17-Mar-2022 12:45 PM EDT
Patient Safety is Paramount in Nurse Anesthesiology
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are on the front lines of patient care, safely administering nearly 50 million anesthetics each year in the United States. During Patient Safety Awareness Week, March13-19, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) joins the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in recognizing practices, education, and standards that improve safety for patients and healthcare professionals.

Released: 9-Mar-2022 3:45 PM EST
AANA President Calls on Congress to Reject Legislation that Prevents Veterans from Accessing Quality Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) issued the following statement in response to a bill designed to prevent Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) from practicing to the full extent of their licensure in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Released: 1-Mar-2022 3:45 PM EST
Investigating The Effects of Critical Illness in Early Childhood On Neurocognitive Outcomes
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Approximately 23,700 children in the U.S. undergo invasive mechanical ventilation for acute respiratory failure annually. Although most survive, little is known if they have worse long-term neurocognitive function than children who do not undergo such procedures. There are concerns about neurotoxic effects of critical illness and its treatment on the developing brain. Therefore, infants and young children may be uniquely susceptible to adverse neurocognitive outcomes after invasive mechanical ventilation.

Newswise: Analysis Yields In-depth Insights Into Illness Trajectory of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients
24-Feb-2022 12:45 PM EST
Analysis Yields In-depth Insights Into Illness Trajectory of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

An analysis of data from 1,480 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in March 2020 at 57 U.S. hospitals is one of the few studies conducted in diverse, multicenter patient populations that describes patients’ illness trajectory, patterns of organ failure, therapies and clinical outcomes.

Released: 24-Feb-2022 4:40 PM EST
Nurse Anesthetists Highlight the Impact of Racism and Nursing
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

A national survey revealed racism remains a challenge across the nursing profession. Two members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) who were appointed to working groups for the study said that their participation in the survey was vital since, “at the end of the day, patient outcomes are impacted.”

Released: 9-Feb-2022 4:15 PM EST
Nurse Anesthetists Are Answer to Quality, Affordable Healthcare in Utah
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Utah has consistently been recognized as one of the best U.S states for healthcare, but a bill circulating in the state’s legislature is threatening to compromise patients’ access to affordable, quality care. Senate Bill 121 will limit the availability of proven, cost-efficient anesthesia delivery in the state, according to Dan Bunker, CRNA, president of the Utah Association of Nurse Anesthetists (UANA).

Newswise: First-of-its-Kind Study: Predicting Depression and PTSD Risk After Trauma
Released: 9-Feb-2022 10:45 AM EST
First-of-its-Kind Study: Predicting Depression and PTSD Risk After Trauma
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Patients physically recovering from traumatic injury are at risk for experiencing psychological distress, particularly depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Early identification of depression and PTSD risk while under the care of the trauma service is essential to supporting the comprehensive recovery of injured patients.

Released: 7-Feb-2022 3:40 PM EST
AANA Stresses Importance of Access to Safe Dental Care During National Children’s Dental Health Month
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood. Untreated cavities can cause pain, infections, and can lead to problems eating, speaking, and learning. During February, National Children’s Dental Health Month, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) reminds parents it is important not only to know how to keep your child’s teeth healthy, but also to ensure that they have access to safe dental care.

Newswise: Combating Health Misinformation
Released: 3-Feb-2022 3:20 PM EST
Combating Health Misinformation
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

On July 15, 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an urgent plea for all Americans to take part in slowing a serious threat to public health. He wasn’t talking about the COVID-19 pandemic but rather the harmful effects on personal and public health caused by the infodemic – the creation and spread of an excessive amount of unreliable and false health information.

Released: 3-Feb-2022 11:15 AM EST
Rep. Underwood, House VA Committee Move to Increase CRNA Pay Cap in VA
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

On Feb. 2, 2022, the House Veterans Affairs Committee moved legislation forward to remove wage restrictions and increase recruitment opportunities for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in the Veterans Affairs health system.

Newswise: Voiding Algorithm Improves POUR Rates
27-Jan-2022 1:30 PM EST
Voiding Algorithm Improves POUR Rates
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Yale New Haven Hospital reduced its rates of postoperative urinary retention (POUR) among thoracic surgery patients recovering from a lobectomy from 21% to 3%, after implementing a nurse-led voiding algorithm customized to the patient population.

Released: 28-Jan-2022 11:35 AM EST
National CRNA Week: House of Representatives Proclamation Acknowledges the Contributions of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

In honor of National CRNA Week (Jan. 23-29, 2022), U.S. House of Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rodney Davis (R-IL) , Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Dave Joyce (R-OH), introduced bipartisan House Resolution 886 on the House floor, “Recognizing the roles and the contributions of America’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and their critical role in providing quality health care for the public, especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”

Released: 27-Jan-2022 2:55 PM EST
The Effects of Pediatric Critical Illness on Absenteeism
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Children who survive critical illness and their parents commonly experience physical, emotional, and cognitive conditions as a result of the critical illness. These effects can also include prolonged absences from school and/or work. What has not been fully understood is the rate and duration of school absences among these children and work absences among their caregivers.

Released: 24-Jan-2022 3:00 PM EST
Good Work Environments for Nurses Tied to Lower ICU Admissions for Surgical Patients
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Surgical patients in hospitals with better nurse work environments were less likely to be admitted to an ICU and less likely to die, according to an analysis of health records of nearly 270,000 patients in 453 hospitals. The study is the first to directly link the nurse work environment to ICU use.

Released: 20-Jan-2022 4:30 PM EST
New Regulations in Alaska, South Dakota, Remove Barriers for CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The start of the new year often brings with it new state laws and regulations, including two that remove barriers to patient care for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Alaska and South Dakota.

Released: 20-Jan-2022 2:45 PM EST
Forwarding Nurse-Led Innovation
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

In order for nurses to lead in health and health care innovation, schools of nursing and nursing programs must think strategically about the knowledge and skills the next generation of nurses will need and then support those innovation needs at all levels of research, education, and practice.

Released: 19-Jan-2022 3:40 PM EST
Addressing Substance Use and Pain Key to Limiting Self-Directed Hospital Discharge
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

It is not uncommon for people with opioid-related conditions, including opioid dependence and opioid use disorder (OUD), to be regularly hospitalized to treat infections, trauma, or other emergent conditions. Data show that patients with substance use disorders (SUD) are much more likely to self-discharge against medical advice than patients admitted for similar conditions without SUDs. This can lead to poorer health outcomes including worsening illness, readmissions, and death.

Released: 19-Jan-2022 11:15 AM EST
Parkdale Center and American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Partner to Improve Access to Care for Substance Use Disorder
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Parkdale Center and American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) further solidified their partnership with upgrades to the AANA Helpline that offers support and assistance for substance use disorder (SUD) to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and students enrolled in nurse anesthesia programs.

Released: 12-Jan-2022 1:40 PM EST
Environment Key to Injury Recovery
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Black men are disproportionately impacted by injuries in the United States. This disparity is glaring given that injury is one of the top ten causes of death. Data show that injured Black men from disadvantaged neighborhoods experience higher injury mortality, years of life-expectancy loss, and psychological symptoms that persist after initial wounds have been treated.

Released: 10-Jan-2022 4:25 PM EST
AANA Appoints David Anderson as Chief Financial Officer
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) Board of Directors has named David Anderson to serve as AANA’s Chief Financial Officer, effective Jan. 17, 2022. He will report to interim Chief Executive Officer David Hebert.

Newswise: Adding Wound Care Specialist to Proning Team Reduces Pressure Injury Risks
Released: 5-Jan-2022 12:15 PM EST
Adding Wound Care Specialist to Proning Team Reduces Pressure Injury Risks
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

The addition of a certified wound and skin care nurse to a multiprofessional prone-positioning team at Penn Medicine Princeton Health significantly reduced the odds of patients with COVID-19 developing pressure injuries, according to a study published in American Journal of Critical Care.

4-Jan-2022 2:00 PM EST
Successful Medicare Initiative Increases the Supply of Nurse Practitioners to Address Primary Care Shortages
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

A new study published today in Health Affairs shows that Medicare support for clinical training for nurse practitioners would increase their numbers and address the national shortage of primary care. The study, by researchers at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics shows that universities participating in the $200 million Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration significantly increased the number of primary care NPs they graduated.

Released: 14-Dec-2021 4:00 PM EST
AANA Applauds Signing of Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Healthcare providers, including Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), will continue to receive resources to care for some of the most vulnerable patients with President Biden signing the bipartisan Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act to postpone cuts to Medicare reimbursements for healthcare providers.

Newswise: Exploring the Effectiveness of Telehealth in Opioid Use Disorder
Released: 6-Dec-2021 2:55 PM EST
Exploring the Effectiveness of Telehealth in Opioid Use Disorder
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

The majority of individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) face access barriers to evidence-based treatment. While the COVID-19 pandemic offered an opportunity to address OUD treatment access barriers by allowing for expanded use of telehealth, is it not yet clear if this technology will help eliminate those barriers or exacerbate pre-existing treatment inequities.

Newswise: Initiative Reduces Time to First Shock for In-Hospital Cardiac Arrests
22-Nov-2021 8:05 AM EST
Initiative Reduces Time to First Shock for In-Hospital Cardiac Arrests
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Orlando Health improved the timely use of defibrillation and standardized the response to code events, moving from 42% to 83% to 100% compliant with time to first shock guidelines.

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Released: 16-Nov-2021 6:00 AM EST
Enhanced Recovery Approach Changes Care for Surgical Oncology Patients
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Enhanced recovery programs for surgical oncology patients promote standardized, multidisciplinary care throughout the perioperative course to help patients recover from surgery sooner and more completely, rather than focusing on surgical technique.


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