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Newswise: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses announces board of directors for fiscal year 2021
Released: 7-Jul-2020 6:15 PM EDT
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses announces board of directors for fiscal year 2021
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the world’s largest specialty nursing organization, announces its board of directors for fiscal year 2021, with terms effective July 1, 2020.

Newswise: AACN Certification Corporation announces board of directors for fiscal year 2021
Released: 7-Jul-2020 6:00 AM EDT
AACN Certification Corporation announces board of directors for fiscal year 2021
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

AACN Certification Corporation — the credentialing arm of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) — offers many nursing certification programs and has more than 120,000 active certificants.

Newswise: Standardized Curriculum Introduces ICU Nurses to ECMO
28-Jun-2020 7:55 PM EDT
Standardized Curriculum Introduces ICU Nurses to ECMO
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center designed and rapidly deployed a curriculum specifically to equip nurses new to ECMO with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to provide proficient and safe care for patients receiving ECMO. The pre-COVID ECMO training proved to be an effective, resource-efficient and pragmatic solution that can be used across different types of ICUs and across institutions.

Newswise: AACN Honors Linda Scott With Pioneering Spirit Award
Released: 25-Jun-2020 11:55 AM EDT
AACN Honors Linda Scott With Pioneering Spirit Award
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Linda Scott, of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing, to be recognized for her research on nurse fatigue, which provided scientific evidence to support better nurse staffing and fatigue management

Newswise: Nurse Leadership Advocate Rose Sherman Receives AACN Award
Released: 25-Jun-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Nurse Leadership Advocate Rose Sherman Receives AACN Award
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Nurse leadership coach Rose Sherman, of Florida Atlantic University, recognized for her role as an early proponent for nurses to have leadership roles throughout healthcare organizations.

Newswise: AACN Honors ‘5B’ Nurses Who Transformed Care for Patients With AIDS
Released: 25-Jun-2020 11:50 AM EDT
AACN Honors ‘5B’ Nurses Who Transformed Care for Patients With AIDS
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Nurses Alison Moëd and Cliff Morrison will receive AACN Pioneering Spirit Awards for their efforts to transform treatment for patients with AIDS in the early 1980s. Together, they created the San Francisco Model, a patient-centered approach that improved the care for their patients and countless others around the world.

Newswise: Norma Metheny Receives AACN Award for 
Distinguished Career
Released: 25-Jun-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Norma Metheny Receives AACN Award for Distinguished Career
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

AACN honors Norma Metheny, professor and the Dorothy A. Votsmier Endowed Chair in Nursing at Saint Louis University, with its 2020 Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career.

Released: 23-Jun-2020 12:55 PM EDT
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses honors 15 acute and critical care nurses with Circle of Excellence award
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

AACN honors 15 acute and critical care nurses with the 2020 Circle of Excellence award, in recognition of the high regard in which they’re held by colleagues and their commitment to achieving excellent outcomes in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

Released: 18-Jun-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Nurses are on the Frontlines of COVID-19 but Their Expertise Remains Missing from Policy Decisions
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Nurses’ perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic are unique and essential to informing decisions made by federal leaders, and they should be included in key decision-making groups, urges the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Newswise: Creating a Hospital Culture that Supports Evidence-Based Practice
28-May-2020 3:00 PM EDT
Creating a Hospital Culture that Supports Evidence-Based Practice
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A multifaceted initiative at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego aligned organizational culture and infrastructure into an integrated system to support evidence-based nursing practice, providing a repeatable road map for other institutions aiming to develop practices and documents based on the best evidence to support patient outcomes.

Newswise: Editorial: Pandemic Puts Spotlight on Front-line Clinicians
28-May-2020 3:00 PM EDT
Editorial: Pandemic Puts Spotlight on Front-line Clinicians
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

In “A Tribute to Frontline Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Annette Bourgault, editor of Critical Care Nurse, offers her personal and professional appreciation for the dedicated clinicians in acute and critical care.

Newswise: Shifting the Patterns That Contribute to Ethical Conflicts
Released: 14-May-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Shifting the Patterns That Contribute to Ethical Conflicts
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A four-step process can help nurses and other healthcare professionals identify patterns behind ethical challenges and reveal new approaches to guide communication and decision-making, according to the ethics column in AACN Advanced Critical Care

Newswise: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and Dearworld.org Partner on #DearNurses Photo Docuseries
Released: 12-May-2020 3:05 PM EDT
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and Dearworld.org Partner on #DearNurses Photo Docuseries
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

For its latest portrait collection, “#DearNurses,” DearWorld.org is partnering with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses to capture portraits and letters of 40 front-line critical care nurses working in COVID-19 units across south Louisiana

Newswise: Simulation-based Training Helps Providers Prepare for
Prone Position Ventilation for Patients With ARDS
29-Apr-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Simulation-based Training Helps Providers Prepare for Prone Position Ventilation for Patients With ARDS
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

An interprofessional simulation-based educational program helped Mount Sinai Hospital train nearly 90% of its medical ICU staff to care for patients in prone position, as part of its 2018 implementation of a new protocol related to prone position ventilation for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Newswise: An Integrated Approach to Reducing Ventilation Time
21-Apr-2020 11:25 AM EDT
An Integrated Approach to Reducing Ventilation Time
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A Texas hospital developed an integrated approach that reduced ventilation time for ICU patients. The 2018 study, in AACN Advanced Critical Care, is the first to examine the effects of implementing protocol-directed sedation with the coordinated use of two evidence-based assessments across multiple disciplines.

Newswise: Joint Statement: A Call to Action for America to Fight COVID-19
Released: 13-Apr-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Joint Statement: A Call to Action for America to Fight COVID-19
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, with other healthcare organizations, has released a statement calling upon the government, private sector and all other Americans to “uphold their moral obligation by joining us in fighting the battle against coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 disease.”

Newswise: Six Self-Care Strategies to Combat Clinician Burnout
Released: 7-Apr-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Six Self-Care Strategies to Combat Clinician Burnout
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A study published in Critical Care Nurse identifies six self-care strategies to combat clinician burnout. Based on interviews conducted in 2017 and 2018, the research may offer guidance for healthcare teams responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: Lack of PPE Poses Clear and Present Danger to Nurses and the Nation
Released: 3-Apr-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Lack of PPE Poses Clear and Present Danger to Nurses and the Nation
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Without immediate action, limited supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators and other lifesaving equipment will cause greater loss of life and increase the toll from COVID-19, warns the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Newswise: Standardized Screening First Step to Early Identification of Delirium
31-Mar-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Standardized Screening First Step to Early Identification of Delirium
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

An initiative at Covenant Medical Center in west Texas changed clinical practice, resulted in a more judicious use of high-risk medications, and improved the quality of care for patients at risk for delirium.

Newswise: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Creates Custom COVID-19 Online Course
Released: 31-Mar-2020 2:10 PM EDT
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Creates Custom COVID-19 Online Course
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has created an online course that specifically addresses the most serious reported symptoms from COVID-19. The course is available to all nurses, at no charge, to provide vital resources during this challenging time.

Newswise: Certified Nurses Continue to Inspire, Be Inspired
Released: 10-Mar-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Certified Nurses Continue to Inspire, Be Inspired
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Certified Nurses Day will be celebrated Thursday, March 19. Currently, more than 120,000 acute and critical care nurses hold AACN Certification Corporation credentials, such as CCRN and PCCN.

Newswise: Authentic Leadership Key to Improving ICU Nurses’ Professional Quality of Life
19-Feb-2020 11:45 AM EST
Authentic Leadership Key to Improving ICU Nurses’ Professional Quality of Life
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Results from a survey of ICU nurses at the University of Tennessee Medical Center reinforce the importance of nurse leaders to the overall health of the work environment and to individual nurses’ professional quality of life.

Newswise: Targeted Rounding Helps Bring CAUTI Rate to Zero
22-Jan-2020 5:15 PM EST
Targeted Rounding Helps Bring CAUTI Rate to Zero
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Daily targeted rounds and real-time training helped Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia achieve a rate of zero catheter-associated urinary tract infections and sustain it for more than a year, according to a study published in Critical Care Nurse

Newswise: Epidemic levels of chronic pain, opioid use disorder add to challenges of managing patients in pain
Released: 14-Jan-2020 9:50 AM EST
Epidemic levels of chronic pain, opioid use disorder add to challenges of managing patients in pain
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A series of seven articles in AACN Advanced Critical Care focuses on the challenges of safe, effective pain management in the ICU, including more Americans reporting daily chronic pain and the rapidly increasing prevalence of opioid misuse and opioid use disorder.

Newswise: Could Nursing Certification Make a Difference in Adopting Evidence-Based Practices?
17-Dec-2019 3:50 PM EST
Could Nursing Certification Make a Difference in Adopting Evidence-Based Practices?
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A survey of critical care nurses in six UPMC hospitals found a strong association between nurses who were certified in critical care and their knowledge of and perceived value in specific evidence-based practices used to care for patients receiving mechanical ventilation, according to a study published in the American Journal of Critical Care.

Released: 5-Dec-2019 8:05 PM EST
Registration Opens for Premier Critical Care Nursing Conference
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Nurses and other healthcare professionals who care for critically ill patients and their families can now register for the 2020 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Indianapolis, May 4-7. The conference offers hundreds of sessions to improve clinical practice, patient outcomes and hospitals’ bottom line, with a comprehensive program that incorporates leading evidence-based education.

Newswise: PICU study finds holding intubated infants safe, with potential benefits for both patients and parents
22-Nov-2019 4:05 AM EST
PICU study finds holding intubated infants safe, with potential benefits for both patients and parents
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Results from a holding intervention at Children’s Mercy Hospital may help bring the benefits of patient mobility to the PICU. Researchers found that holding infants intubated for acute respiratory failure was well tolerated and safe, and the intervention quickly expanded to a wide variety of other critically ill infants.

Newswise: Survey offers insight into strategies to reduce unnecessary tests, treatments in critical care settings
Released: 1-Nov-2019 1:35 PM EDT
Survey offers insight into strategies to reduce unnecessary tests, treatments in critical care settings
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A national survey of acute and critical care nurses finds that measures to reduce unnecessary testing and treatments are increasingly being integrated into clinical practice, even though most respondents are not aware of the Choosing Wisely campaign behind the specific recommendations.

Newswise: Michigan hospital improves post-CABG outcomes, 
using proactive amiodarone protocol
16-Oct-2019 6:00 AM EDT
Michigan hospital improves post-CABG outcomes, using proactive amiodarone protocol
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A quality improvement project at Beaumont Hospital in Michigan resulted in a decreased incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation and shorter mean lengths of stay. The results indicate that an amiodarone POAF prophylaxis protocol could significantly reduce costs, improve patient outcomes and increase the overall quality of care.

Released: 16-Oct-2019 6:00 AM EDT
AACN grants support clinical research to influence high-acuity and critical care nursing practice
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Nurses are invited to apply for AACN research grants by Nov. 1, 2019, with total available funding of $160,000. Projects funded in 2019 address PICS, telemedicine, virtual reality for onboarding new nurses, and machine learning and pressure injuries.

Newswise: Prioritizing Palliative Care May Have Effects on ICU Nurses' Moral Distress
26-Sep-2019 8:05 PM EDT
Prioritizing Palliative Care May Have Effects on ICU Nurses' Moral Distress
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Critical care nurses may be less likely to experience moral distress when they feel that patients’ palliative care needs are being met, according to results of a survey of ICU nurses at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Newswise: Exercise physiologists help make patient mobility a reality
19-Aug-2019 1:05 AM EDT
Exercise physiologists help make patient mobility a reality
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

New research reports the results of a three-month initiative to introduce exercise physiologists as mobility specialists in three ICUs at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. The study demonstrates that adding exercise physiologists to the interdisciplinary team can drive early, aggressive and progressive ICU patient mobility.

Newswise: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses selects University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Giuliano as 2020 Distinguished Research Lecturer
Released: 14-Aug-2019 1:05 PM EDT
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses selects University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Giuliano as 2020 Distinguished Research Lecturer
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Nurse scientist Karen Giuliano is being honored by AACN for her body of research, which focuses on the intersection of clinical needs and medical technology use, development and innovation. She is joining the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she will have a joint position between its new Institute for Applied Life Sciences and the College of Nursing.

Released: 7-Aug-2019 2:00 AM EDT
AACN Publishes Scope and Standards for Progressive and Critical Care Nursing Practice
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

“AACN Scope and Standards for Progressive and Critical Care Nursing Practice” describes the expected level of practice and professional performance for progressive and critical care nurses and articulates their contributions to a patient- and family-centered healthcare system.

Newswise: Nurse-Driven Process Brings Glucose Management Under Control
25-Jul-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Nurse-Driven Process Brings Glucose Management Under Control
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A nurse-directed initiative to examine the root causes of hypoglycemic episodes resulted in a sustained reduction in hypoglycemia among critically ill patients at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, according to a study published in Critical Care Nurse.

Newswise: Advances in anticoagulants expand options for VTE prevention, treatment
Released: 25-Jul-2019 6:00 AM EDT
Advances in anticoagulants expand options for VTE prevention, treatment
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

New anticoagulant medications have expanded options to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) and treat patients at risk for excessive blood clots. Although certain therapies such as heparin and warfarin are time-tested and generally well understood by providers, newer anticoagulants provide both patients and providers with attractive options.

Newswise: AACN Certification Corporation Announces FY2020 Board
Released: 9-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT
AACN Certification Corporation Announces FY2020 Board
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

AACN Certification Corporation — the credentialing arm of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) — announces its board of directors for fiscal year 2020, with terms effective July 1, 2019.

Newswise: AACN’s 50th President, Board Members Begin Terms
Released: 9-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT
AACN’s 50th President, Board Members Begin Terms
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the world’s largest specialty nursing organization, announces its board of directors for fiscal year 2020, with terms effective July 1, 2019. Founded in 1969, AACN celebrates 50 years of acute and critical care nursing excellence, serving more than 120,000 members and over 200 chapters in the United States.

Newswise: Nurses’ attitudes influence sedation practices
27-Jun-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Nurses’ attitudes influence sedation practices
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

More than half of the respondents to a recent survey of critical care nurses indicated that they believe sedation is needed to minimize patient discomfort and distress, even though clinical guidelines call for limiting sedation while a patient in the ICU receives mechanical ventilation.

Newswise: Pre-existing Pressure Injuries Offer Clinical Clues
29-May-2019 12:50 PM EDT
Pre-existing Pressure Injuries Offer Clinical Clues
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Baystate Medical Center study finds that pressure injuries present upon admission to the ICU can serve as a predictive clinical marker to quickly and objectively identify which new patients may require additional care and longer hospital stays, thus helping clinicians make more informed decisions faster.

Newswise: Thousands of acute and critical care nurses gather in Orlando for annual conference hosted by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Released: 20-May-2019 9:35 AM EDT
Thousands of acute and critical care nurses gather in Orlando for annual conference hosted by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses brings together 7,500+ nurses this week in Orlando, Florida, at its annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI, #NTI2019). The theme “Our Voice, Our Strength” serves as a reminder of the power of a community to drive lasting change.

Newswise: AACN Honors Clinicians Who Developed Assessment Tools
Released: 7-May-2019 6:05 PM EDT
AACN Honors Clinicians Who Developed Assessment Tools
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses will present AACN Pioneering Spirit Awards to noted clinicians and researchers Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH, and Céline Gélinas, PhD, RN. The recipients are being recognized individually for their innovative work in the development of clinical tools used by critical care nurses to assess patients every day in hospitals around the world.

Newswise: JoAnn Grif Alspach Receives AACN Award for 
Distinguished Career
Released: 7-May-2019 6:05 PM EDT
JoAnn Grif Alspach Receives AACN Award for Distinguished Career
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses honors JoAnn Grif Alspach with the 2019 Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career. She is a pioneer in nursing preceptorship and 34-year editor-in-chief of the award-winning journal, Critical Care Nurse.

Newswise: National Award for ICU Design Presented to
Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital
Released: 7-May-2019 5:05 PM EDT
National Award for ICU Design Presented to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses will present the annual ICU Design Citation to the ICU at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, during the 2019 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Orlando, May 20-23.

Newswise: AACN Honors UVA Nursing Dean Dorrie Fontaine
Released: 7-May-2019 5:05 PM EDT
AACN Honors UVA Nursing Dean Dorrie Fontaine
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Dorrie K. Fontaine, the Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing and dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, will receive the AACN Pioneering Spirit Award, in recognition of her 40-year career as a clinician, scholar, researcher, educator and professional leader.

Newswise: Even True AVR Alarms May Need to be Silenced
26-Apr-2019 10:05 PM EDT
Even True AVR Alarms May Need to be Silenced
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Hospitals should reevaluate the need for close monitoring of accelerated ventricular rhythm (AVR) or consider setting the alarm for the arrhythmia to inaudible, according to a study from the ECG Monitoring Research Lab at the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco

Newswise: Fail-safe program for new medical technology focuses on patient safety
26-Apr-2019 1:05 AM EDT
Fail-safe program for new medical technology focuses on patient safety
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

An article in AACN Advanced Critical Care describes how Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston developed an interdisciplinary fail-safe process to analyze and scale training for use of medical devices, with a risk assessment tool to predict the severity and frequency of potential harm to patients.

Released: 18-Apr-2019 1:00 PM EDT
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Recognizes a Record 226 Hospital Units with Beacon Award for Excellence in 2018
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

AACN recognizes a record 226 units from 161 hospitals that earned the Beacon Award for Excellence in 2018. Last year, the program recognized more units at more hospitals than any prior year, and awarded the highest number of gold-level Beacon awards since it was established in 2003.

Released: 16-Apr-2019 2:05 PM EDT
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses brings national nursing conference to Orlando
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Thousands of nurses who care for high-acuity and critically ill patients will convene next month in Orlando to be inspired and to learn about the latest innovations in clinical practice, healthcare technology, evidence-based practice and research, during the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, May 20-23.


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