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AACN NEWS Dec. 19 Deadline: National Awards Recognize Excellence, Leadership in HAI Prevention Now in its second year, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Critical Care Societies Collaborative, of which AACN is a member, is sponsoring the annual awards program recognizing teams of critical care professionals and healthcare institutions that show excellence, leadership and notable, sustained improvements in preventing healthcareassociated infections (HAIs), specifically infections of critically ill patients. Link to last year’s awardee roster from www.aacn. org/haiawards. Hospitals, units and teams that successfully reduce or eliminate HAIs may apply for the awards, which recognize benchmark systems of excellence that reduce targeted HAIs for 25 months or longer. Outcomes are demonstrated by measures that show consistent reductions associated with a decreased and/or stabilized incidence of the targeted infections enumerated in the “HHS Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections.” Awardees also demonstrate national leadership in sharing and disseminating information. The national awards strive to motivate the healthcare community to reduce or eliminate HAIs on a large scale and encourage interdisciplinary clinical teams and hospital executives to use evidence-based guidelines to improve clinical practice. The awards again will recognize success in reducing or eliminating central lineassociated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), or both. Applicants can be awarded for progress with either infection or can apply for reductions in both areas. The deadline to apply for the 2012 awards is Dec. 19. Up to eight awards from among both categories will be announced in spring 2012 with presentations to follow. Download detailed criteria, eligibility requirements and application forms at haiawards2012. Six AACN Leaders Inducted as AAN Fellows AACN congratulates six leaders from our community who were inducted as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing during its annual meeting and conference in Washington, D.C. The six are among 142 — the largest class of new fellows — selected for this prestigious honor, which is based on the extent to which a nominee’s career has influenced healthcare policies and delivery, and demonstrated evidence for future contributions to nursing and healthcare. The six AACN members — who may now use the FAAN credential — are: • Mairead Hickey, Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals, Boston, past AACN board member • Cathy Krsek, University Health System Consortium, Chicago • Lori Loan, Madigan Healthcare Systems, Tacoma, Wash. • Karen McQuillan, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, AACN board member • Pamela Rudisill, Health Management Associates, Inc., Mooresville, N.C., past AACN board member and president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives • Susan Stillwell, Arizona State University, Phoenix. AACN photos used for graphic purposes. They do not depict the inductees. AACN BOLD VOICES DECEMBER 2011 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - December 2011

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
AACN Boards and Contact Information
Dec. 19 Deadline: National Awards Recognize Excellence, Leadership in HAI Prevention
Box Office Hit 'Contagion' Raises Questions About Virus
New Privacy Recommendations for Storing Newborn Screening Specimens
Motor Training Can Advance Social Development in Infants With Autism
In-Hospital Mobility Benefits Older Patients
NSAIDs May Harm Patients with Heart Disease, Hypertension
Pain Code' Encourages Use of Maximum Dosage
FDA's Treatment Recommendations for Simvastatin 80
Study Identifies Predictors of Sudden Cardiac Death Versus Surviving Heart Attack
Study Seeks Initiator of Post-Trauma Intestinal Cell Damage
Australian Study: 'How Dangerous is a Day in Hospital'
In Our Journals
ICU Staff Composition May Decrease Burnout
Use of Manikins May Improve Emergency Care
Celebrate Certification
AACN Financials
From the President

Bold Voices - December 2011