BACCN Twitter Chat: #baccnwean

Posted by Administrator on June 21, 2017

BACCN June Twitter Chat 

View the word cloud of our June Twitter Chat below! #baccnwean

Also view our Storify using this link..

*Full report to follow soon!*

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Exciting opportunity - Join the BACCN National Board!

Posted by Administrator on June 20, 2017

Exciting opportunity - Join the BACCN National Board!

National Board Vacancy

BACCN is an association which thrives on the contribution and efforts of its members - from all members who give support through annual membership subscriptions, to those serving on regional committees and the National Board.

The BACCN National Board consists of 14 members. They meet quarterly to look at all issues relevant to running the BACCN and advancing critical care nursing. All members work together and support one another, but each also has an area of specialism, whether it is managing the Nursing in Critical Care Journal (working with the editors and publishers), helping run annual conference, managing membership or assisting the regions. There is something for everyone - and there are forthcoming vacancies!

So, if you have already had experience on a regional committee, and would like to join a dynamic team driving the critical care nursing agenda forward, and enhance your career prospects too, then this opportunity could be for you!

If you would like further details of what may be involved, please contact

To apply, please email your CV to Nicki Credland (National Secretary) at by 1st August 2017.


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Twitter Chat - #baccntherapy

Posted by Administrator on May 25, 2017

BACCN Twitter Chat - May 

#baccntherapy twitter chat report thanks to @karentheicued

The main points were that using therapies such as pat dogs enhances the psychological support and care we give to patients in ICU. Much of the discussion was around pat dogs or the patients own dog visit them in ICU. I for one consider my dog as a family member and would want him to visit me if I was a long term patient in ICU. Good psychological care whilst the patient is in the unit helps with the patients rehabilitation post ICU.

For myself this twitter chat has been completely invaluable - it's great to share good practice with one another so we can give our patients the highest quality of care. It's also reassuring to know people may have the same pitfalls as others and we can also use the twitter chats as a means of reflection and promoting best practice. I’ve have made some many useful contacts being part of this chats - I enjoy the debates immensely



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EfCCNa Newsletter April 2017

Posted by Administrator on May 5, 2017

EfCCNa Newsletter April 2017

This newsletter gives information on EfCCNa’s recent activity, including the 7th EfCCNa Congress which took place in Belfast in February.

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BACCN Twitter Chat #baccnvisit 4th April 2017

Posted by Administrator on April 11, 2017

BACCN Twitter Chat #baccnvisit

It was once again a very interactive Twitter chat discussing “open visiting hours within ICU” with both nurses and physiotherapist joining in.

Although overall most Twitterers were in favour of an more open visiting policy, there was some reservations to it which included exceptions for ward rounds, physiotherapy, other medical team visits etc It was felt by somet that there should be some restrictions for overnight visiting to allow the patients better quality rest/sleep time, and I suppose this will allow patients to have some ability to maintain their circadian rhythm and minimize the impact / development of ‘ICU induced delirium’.

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A common thread throughout the hour was flexibility. Nurses must work with families and come to a mutual agreement on times to visit the patient. This will ensure that the patient is given privacy when needed and allow the families access at a very emotional and distressing time. Many felt that restricted visiting help families to continue to function outside the critical care environment, and to maintain their a sense of their own well-being.

The above is a point were I feel nurses need to talk more to families / visitors giving a unambiguous and understandable updates of the patient’s condition, installing confidence in the care that the patient is receiving and agreeing what amount of visiting time works for them and their loved one.

Following the Twittter Chat I reflected on how I would feel if I wasn't a Critical Care nurse and someone I loved and cared about was admitted to a Critical Care unit. The Critical Care environment which seems such a ‘normal environment’ to us must seem like another world to relatives who might never have experienced acute healthcare before. To add to this we often use our own unique language and acronyms, and we openly discuss with our colleagues pO2’s CRPs, ABGs etc just to add to the confusion.

There was no absolute opposition to open visiting times and for many a more flexible well managed approach is called for. This takes confidence and the instilling of confidence in the patients care. Visitors should be made to feel empowered, they should be invited to assist with personal patient care, the language used should be at a level which they understand, questions should be freely accepted and answered, and visiting should be discussed and arranged for times which suits everyone involved.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the chat.

To view the storify version, please click here!

Our next Twitter chat will take place on the 5th May between 7-8pm where we'll be discussing Alternative therapies in ICU (pets/music) #baccntherapy. See the website for more details.

Patricia McCready


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