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AACN NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY Re: Page 18 in April AACN Bold Voices Discussing a patient's code status and end-of-life wishes is not an easy subject to touch upon, even in critical care. All physicians do not think it is their responsibility or the right time to discuss the importance of having a healthcare power of attorney or living will. Understanding what an advance directive entails, then building a relationship with one's primary care physician and discussing it with next of kin is important for all of us. As nurses we need to advocate for patients but also support them in becoming empowered. Teaching and providing them with informative resources will open communication and allow the entire interdisciplinary team to provide better care. Digna Rivera Bloomfield, New Jersey the front cover showed two nurses wearing long sleeves, rings and watches when they examined a patient? Linda B. Esposito Winston-Salem, NC Clearly we didn't. Thank you for pointing out our oversight. -Ed. NIWI HEALTH POLICY INTERNSHIP I deeply appreciate the AACN continuing professional development scholarship that made it possible for me to be an AACN scholar for this year's Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Program. The program changed my understanding of what politics involves and the role I can play. NIWI also brought to light the crucial importance of strength in numbers and how it is essential for individual nurses like me to represent our profession in our nation's capital. I hope this year is the beginning of years of relationship-building and Capitol Hill advocacy for me. Many nurses have used our scholarship member benefit to attend NIWI. Is there a way we can work together and use our new knowledge to advocate on behalf of AACN? Caroline Baptista Bronxville, NY AACN Bold Voices invites your letters for possible print and/or online publication. Please be concise. Letters may be edited before publication. Include your name, credentials, city, state and email address (for verification). Write to Transitions HEALTHCARE ATTIRE Re: Page 11 in April AACN Bold Voices I was happy to see April's article about healthcare attire, which recommended no rings, watches or lab coats in patient rooms. It validated what we do in our NICU and PICU. But did you notice that Events in the lives of members and friends in the AACN community. Please visit for more information about each one. Send new entries to Honor or remember your colleagues with a gift to AACN at Barbara Drew, lecture * Elizabeth Henneman, keynote * Ruth Kleinpell, award * Susan Lacey, presentation * Lisa Mazzaferro, new position * Afaf Meleis, award * Aaron Seldon, new position * Amy Smith, promotion * Lorie Stamper, award * Vanessa Vonderhaar-Picard, new position 'I Am a Critical Care Nurse' Jessica Kelley says she became a nurse to reduce pain and suffering and to provide lifesaving interventions to patients in their time of greatest need. * Yet those efforts also can be emotionally exhausting and morally distressing. * Volunteering at a critical care hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Kelley found it deeply fulfilling to serve others, especially those who most desperately need help. * Her fluency in Spanish and proficiency in French and Portuguese came in handy, too. * Read more about Kelley's journey as a staff nurse when you open June's Critical Care Nurse from the back. 21 AACN BOLD VOICES JUNE 2014 Letters

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - June 2014

Another Angle
Pres Note Teaser
‘Take a Chance to Make a Change in Your Patients’ Lives’
New Mobile App Launched: AACN Bedside
AACN Research Grants Continue to Drive Evidence-Based Care
AACN Scholarships to Develop Training Skills and Professional Growth
Institutional Racism Can Damage Healthcare
Culture of Violence Becoming Normal
Nip Ethical Violations in the Bud
Up to Half of Prescribed Antibiotics Unnecessary, Inappropriate
Minimal Sedation, Early Mobilization May Reduce Delirium
Care Transition Programs Reduce Readmissions, Penalties
Unclear Relationship Between Hypothyroidism and Mild Cognitive Impairment
Women Have Unique Stroke Risks
Costs Increase Because of More Inpatient Constipation
Nursing-Supportive Work Environments Linked to Better Care
Smile, You’re on ReadyCam!
Automated EHR-Linked Checklist Greatly Reduces CLABSIs
Online Game Helps Students Identify, Manage Sepsis
Sepsis Detection System More Effective in Patient Diagnosis
In Our Journals
Test Can Predict Breast Cancer Outcomes
Spice It Up With Cinnamon
IHEs: Significant Cause of Preventable ED Visits
Certification Capsules
With Deep Appreciation for Your Generosity
Save the Dates for Progressive Care, Nurse Manager Fall Conferences
AACN Chapters Model Excellence
‘I Am a Critical Care Nurse’
President’s Note

Bold Voices - June 2014