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AT THE BEDSIDE Progressive Care Nurses: A Conference, Las Vegas and CNEs Just for You AACN Progressive Care Pathways, Sept. 17-20 in Las Vegas, offers a program that addresses progressive care nurses’ unique educational and September 17-20, 2013 professional development needs. MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada Whether handling rapid response calls, recent ICU transfers or postsurgical patients with a more complicated condition, nurses who work in progressive Enhance Your Professional Development in a Collaborative Learning Environment care units — also called telemetry, intermediate care, step-down or transitional care to name a few — care for patients with complex needs requiring highly skilled nursing intervention. The conference offers up to 24.25 continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours with learning designed and taught by progressive care experts who understand firsthand the challenges of caring for a “not quite ICU” patient population. Two half-day preconferences, “Linking 12-Lead ECG Knowledge to Bedside Cardiac Monitoring” and “Respiratory Care,” round out this program, customized for and by progressive care nurses in our community. Participants will have many opportunities to connect and share ideas and best practices with their progressive care peers. Formal and informal networking will offer attendees the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with their progressive care colleagues from across the country, who work in varied settings. And the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is an especially fun setting to learn, socialize and unwind. You won’t have to piece together a CNE program throughout the year, when AACN Progressive Care Pathways offers everything you need, all in one place. Learn more and register to take advantage of our early-bird discount, available until Aug. 20. For more information, visit 6 Communication Is Critical to Avoid Readmissions One in five older patients is readmitted within 30 days. T he challenges patients face after being discharged from the hospital include several issues that need to be solved to reduce avoidable readmissions. A Los Angeles Times opinion article by Beth Ann Swan, dean and a professor at the Jefferson School of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, pinpoints communication as the primary challenge. Swan explains how her husband’s brain stem stroke resulted in “10 pages of discharge guidelines, seven prescription medications and 29 pages of accompanying instructions,” without a comprehensive care plan or a contact person to help coordinate care. She recommends better communication among patients, physicians and hospitals, particularly for patients who see multiple specialists with no one taking the lead. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “The Revolving Door: A Report on U.S. Hospital Readmissions” helps explain why one in five older patients is readmitted within 30 days, absorbing an estimated $17 billion of the $26 billion in annual Medicare readmission costs. The most common causes include patients not understanding medication instructions, lack of clear follow-up procedures and no information about how to recognize potential complications. “The Human Face of Hospital Readmissions,” in Health Affairs, explains how a patient with type 2 diabetes was readmitted within two days, because she had not met with a dietician or learned how to administer insulin properly the first time. The article also documents a patient diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who had never met with his physician and left the hospital frustrated, afraid and illprepared to care for himself. After readmission within a month, he received follow-up care. The article encourages patients to ask for detailed discharge plans and hospitals to remove language barriers, contact primary care providers and direct patients to community resources.,0,3384867.story,0,3384867.story

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - August 2013

Bold Voices - August 2013
Another Angle
Seamless Staff Leadership Transition Is Goal of AACN's CEO Search
A Pool of Exceptional Talent
Progressive Care Nurses: A Conference, Las Vegas and CNEs Just for You
Communication Is Critical to Avoid Readmissions
Hospital Deaths Decrease Slightly Over 10 Years
Leapfrog Rates Hospital Safety Performance
Patient Safety Threatened by Insufficient Nurse Staffing, Fatigue
Number of Americans With Dementia, Cost of Care to Double by 2040
Updated HHS Standards Support Improved Cultural and Linguistic Competency
Decrease Noise Levels to Improve Patient Outcomes
Alarm Management (AACN Practice Alert)
Survey Reports High Levels of Burnout, Job Seeking
New HIPAA Rule Seeks to Balance Patients' Privacy Protection
Pet Ownership May Be Heart-Friendly
Hospitals Better at Preventing CLABSIs
Online Program Helps Military Service Members, Veterans Become Nurses
Clot Busters Safe for Patients With Stroke Who Take Aspirin
Updated Stroke Definition Reflects New Knowledge, Advances
In Our Journals
Antibiotics May Relieve Back Pain in Certain Cases
Certification Capsules
AACN Members, Friends Inducted as AANP Fellows
Empowered ED Case Managers
New CCN Resource Expands Reader Access to Nursing Care Studies
Contribute to the Evidence: Apply for an AACN Research Grant by Nov. 1
Nurse Leaders, Aspiring Nurse Leaders: Get Ready for Las Vegas, Sept. 18-20
AACN Scholarships Support Your Learning Journey
What Is Your Wake? (From the President)

Bold Voices - August 2013