Marianjoy Library

Online Nursing Journal Club

DECEMBER 2015 / JANUARY 2016, 2015

Welcome to the online Nursing Journal Club! The articles for this month will count for 2.0 continuing education credits. Attached are the articles in PDF format. The articles will be available through January 31, 2016.

Discussion Via Google Docs/Drive

Reading Assignment:

Article # 1

Left Ventricular Assist Device: Care On Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility
Colandrea M1, Murphy-Gustavson J.

Home Healthc Nurse. 2012 Jun;30(6):337-44. doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e3182575587.

Available Full-Text only from the Marianjoy network or from library staff


This article details a heart failure care model at North East Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. The North East VA health system has been involved in quality improvement of heart failure care for many years. This involves continuous quality improvement in the full spectrum of treatment from admission through discharge and outpatient follow-up. Improving patient care is always the main goal. Assisting patients to better understand self-care concepts is key to avoiding heart failure exacerbations. Educating patients to identify problematic symptoms early and access the system for help can often avoid costly readmissions. The case study provided in this article highlights the journey of a heart failure patient treated at this VA hospital and the care coordination process, which is necessary for good patient care through use of multidisciplinary team members.

Article # 2

Remote telemonitoring for patients with heart failure: Might monitoring pulmonary artery pressure become routine?

Kate Hutchinsona, Pierpaolo Pellicori*a, Riet Dierckxa,

Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy: Volume 12, Issue 8, 2014

Available Full-Text only from the Marianjoy network


Heart failure is one of the most important medical problems facing societies in developed economies and its prevalence is predicted to rise inexorably in the next few decades as longevity increases. Worsening heart failure leading to hospitalization is associated with a poor prognosis and imposes a substantial burden on health care resources and budgets. Interventions that can stabilize patients should reduce the need for hospitalization and improve prognosis. This might be facilitated by frequent self-monitoring of clinical and physiological variables by patients themselves at home. Rising pulmonary artery pressure is an early sign of cardiac decompensation that may be more sensitive than conventional methods of patient assessment and thus allow early adjustment of medical therapy to avoid hospitalizations and improve patient outcomes. Remote monitoring of pulmonary artery pressure is now possible using devices that can be implanted percutaneously. This innovative technology could become a routine part of the management of heart failure in the next few decades.

Motivational interviewing may be an effective method of increasing the self-care behaviors of patients with HF.

The purpose of the online Nursing Journal Club is to facilitate the use of evidence-based practice in providing excellent nursing care.


  • Ientify at least two uses for the Left Ventricular Assist Device
  • Identify at least two uses for the pulmonary artery pressure monitor

Contact Person: Cindy Bright, E-mail   Phone: 630.909.8027                 
Provide your e-mail address

  • you may use either your personal or Marianjoy e-mail address
  • Article will be e-mailed to you
  • Google Docs/Drive will be used for discussion

For further information or any questions, please contact Cindy Bright

Available Credits: 2.0 Contact Hours

Instructions for receiving the credits:

There are 3 parts to earning CE credit for these articles. All components must be completed between December 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016:

  1. After reading the articles, there is a short post-test on the Learning Link. To find the Learning Link module, open and login to Learning Link, click View course catalog, enter PRCH4039 in the Search For box, leave the default category as All courses and then click the Search button to find the December 2015 journal club module. You must complete the post-test on or before January 31 and score at least 80% correct to earn CE credit.                                     
  2. An evaluation of this learning opportunity is required to obtain CE credit. A link to the Survey Monkey evaluation will be found at the end of the post-test in Learning Link. It should take you about two hours to read the articles, take the quiz, complete the evaluation and participate in the discussion.
  3. As part of the requirements to earn CE credit, you must participate in a discussion about the articles. This discussion will take place via Google Docs/Drive. A Nursing Journal Club designee will generate the discussion. You must participate in the discussion at least 1 time by January 31, 2016 to earn CE credit. The discussion is intended to clarify or provide fellow participants with further information on this topic. Suggested discussion focus:
    • Your experience caring for patients with a Left Ventricular Assist Device or a pulmonary artery pressure monitor      
    • How you plan to use the information provided in this article in your practice                    
    • Respond to another participant’s comments

Raffle opportunity

Don’t miss the opportunity to be entered into our quarterly raffle. For FY2016, we are changing the raffle. In order to be entered into the drawing you must “Bring a Buddy” – get a new person to participate in the Journal Club. Make sure that any new people you get to participate in the Journal Club acknowledge your invitation to them in their discussion post for that month.The winner will be notified via e-mail and the gift card will be sent to them within 2 weeks after the close of the month.

Instructions to access the Google Docs/Drive Web page for Discussion and to post comments:

  • If you have not already done so, place a Help Desk call to have Google Chrome added to your desktop. Then proceed as follows:
  • If Google Chrome is your default web browser, click on the following Link/URL:
  • If Google Chrome is not your default web browser, open Google Chrome, copy the URL link above and paste into the address bar in Google Chrome
  • Click on the Comments button (top Right hand) to add your comment
  • Please sign your full name and location after each comment
  • After typing your comments, click on Comments one more time; you will be able to see your comments
  • For a reply to a specific comment, you may use the Reply button; the comment will appear next to that specific comment, or you may generate your own comment

It should take you approximately 1.5 hours to read the articles, take the quiz and complete the evaluation. 


As a member of the Nursing Journal Club, you will automatically receive subsequent articles on the first of each month. If you would like to cancel your membership at any time, please contact Cindy Bright via e-mail or contact her at 630.909.8027. We will send out a flyer announcing the next article approximately 2 weeks prior to sending it out.


If you are having trouble accessing the article or should you have any other questions, please contact Cindy Bright: or 630.909.8027.  We are excited that you are interested in this opportunity.   We welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.    For further information, visit us at Online Nursing Journal Club.

This program will award 2 hours of CE credit. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital- Professional Practice Committee, (OH-387, 9/28/2013) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

As required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program, we would like to make you aware of all potential conflicts of interest(s). This educational activity’s planners and the presenter(s) have indicated they have no bias or conflict of interest. There has been no commercial support for this program.

The Marianjoy Online Nursing Journal Club is a joint effort between the Nursing Department, the Medical Library, and the Research Department








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