AACN Essentials of Critial Care Nursing / Edition 1

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AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing

Marianne Chulay, RN, DNSc, FAAN

Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, FCCM

Moving from basic to advanced critical care concepts, this easy-to-use, evidence-based resource provides the essential foundation for the nursing care of critically-ill patients. It is the ideal format for nurses beginning their critical care experience. ECG rhythm interpretation and treatment and pharmacology also make it an excellent resource for progressive care nurses.


• Ideal for critical care and progressive care orientation programs

• Incorporates AACN Protocols for Practice
• Builds on essential knowledge to more advanced concepts

• Provides excellent foundation for CCRN certification exam

• Includes ACLS™ algorithms, critical care drug tables, cardiac rhythm characteristics and treatment guides, troubleshooting guides for hemodynamic monitoring and ventilator management, as well as other useful critical care protocols and guidelines.

• Endorsed by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

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Reviewer: Janice J Hoffman, RN, PhD (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This book provides essential information for novice and experienced critical care nurses. Unique in its design, the first section focuses on knowledge and skills required for new nurses working in the critical care setting. Using a body systems approach, other sections provide more comprehensive information related to care of this patient population. Case studies and evidence-based practice boxes are used throughout the book.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide current information for new and experienced critical care nurses. Additionally, the format provides separate sections for basic and advanced concepts. This format is very effective and saves time for the experienced nurse who is focusing on more current or advanced concepts and it does not overwhelm the novice nurse who is more focused on basic knowledge and skills.
Audience: According to the authors, this book is appropriate for both novice and experienced critical care nurses. Its unique format provides more basic content for the new clinician in the first section/chapters, followed by more advanced concepts in later sections/chapters. Using a body systems approach, the more advanced concepts provide information and guidelines related to the care of the critically ill adult. The editors of the book, as well as the contributing authors, are recognized experts in their respective critical care areas.
Features: The book is well organized and the different content areas are written at the appropriate level for the intended audience. The first chapters, most relevant for the novice critical care nurse, focus on essential information needed to provide basic care to the critically ill adult (ECG monitoring, airway and ventilator management, hemodynamic monitoring, etc.). The next section uses a body systems approach to provide information about commonly encountered patient conditions (acute ischemic heart disease, pulmonary embolism, sepsis, anemia, immunosuppression, etc.). Another section provides information related to more advanced concepts that are less common, (i.e., cardiomyopathy, weaning from mechanical ventilator, spinal cord trauma, brain tumors, etc.). The book also includes case studies and evidence-based practice information throughout.
Assessment: This is a valuable addition to the library of any adult critical care nurse. Updated with the most recent information related to the care of critically ill adults, it provides detailed references, including a comprehensive pharmacological table of medications administered in the critical care setting, Advanced Cardiac Life Support algorithms, and troubleshooting guides for hemodynamic monitoring and ventilator management. It is unique in its format, building from basic to advanced content with little redundancy. Additionally, the case studies and evidence-based practice information throughout the book provide excellent opportunities for clinical application.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071447713
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/16/2005
  • Series: AACN Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Chulay RN DNSc FAAN is a Consultant, Clinical Research and Critical Care Nursing in Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, FCCM is Professor of Nursing, Acute and Specialty Care at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the world's largest specialty nursing organization, representing more than 400,000 acute and critical care nurses and serving more than 100,000 members, certificants and nurse constituents. Web site: www.aacn.org

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Table of Contents

1 Assessment of critically ill patients and families 3
2 Planning care for critically ill patients and families 17
3 Interpretation and management of basic cardiac rhythms 37
4 Hemodynamic monitoring 65
5 Airway and ventilatory management 111
6 Pain, sedation, and neuromuscular blockade management 145
7 Pharmacology 165
8 Ethical and legal considerations 199
9 Cardiovascular system 215
10 Respiratory system 247
11 Multisystem problems 267
12 Neurologic system 279
13 Hematology and immunology systems 305
14 Gastrointestinal system 317
15 Renal system 341
16 Endocrine system 357
17 Trauma 371
18 Advanced ECG concepts 391
19 Advanced cardiovascular concepts 431
20 Advanced respiratory concepts 463
21 Advanced neurologic concepts 477
22 Normal values table 503
23 Pharmacology tables 505
24 Advanced cardiac life support algorithms 519
25 Guidelines for the transfer of critically ill patients 529
26 Hemodynamic monitoring troubleshooting guide 533
27 Ventilatory troubleshooting guide 539
28 Cardiac rhythms, ECG characteristics, and treatment guide 551
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    BUY IT!

    This is a great book that provides an 'in-depth overview' 'i.e. is not a full-on textbook but gives you substantially more than just a brief mention of things' of critical care nursing. I wish it had been used as a text for the critical care course required by my hospital before beginning work in the unit...it would have supplemented the teaching and handouts given in class beautifully. I used it to get me started on studying for CCRN and continue to use it as a reference on a regular basis. Highly recommended!

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