AACN Essentials of Progressive Care Nursing / Edition 1

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"This will be of value for nurses working in progressive care settings. It is tailored to their practice needs and would be a good reference. 3 Stars."—Doody's Review Service

Written by nationally known clinical experts in acute care nursing, this textbook provides foundational information, whether you're a nurse who is to progressive care, or are a student preparing for the certification exam in progressive care nursing. You'll find a concise presentation of essential information for the safe and competent care of adult progressive care patients and their families.

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Reviewer: Julie A. Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP, CCNS (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is the first book to focus exclusively on the needs of progressive care nurses. It is designed to emphasize the absolute essentials that a nurse new to this setting needs to understand in order to safely and competently care for patients typically encountered in progressive care.
Purpose: The purpose is to address the learning needs of new progressive care nurses, emphasizing safe patient care and development of clinical expertise over time. Until now, authors have essentially ignored this particular population of nurses within the specialty of acute and critical care nursing. Publication of materials for this audience will contribute to the further development of these nurses, the quality of their care, and to their identity as providers of unique care services.
Audience: The authors write at the level of a nurse new to progressive care, but they stress that they are "building on the clinician's significant medical-surgical nursing knowledge base." This implies a previous level of expertise and is the same level that is appropriate to a nurse new to a critical care unit as well. In fact, this book has many sections which duplicate, word for word, sections of a similar text, AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing (McGraw-Hill, 2006) by the same authors.
Features: The book is organized into four sections, each with several systems-based chapters. It begins with the essentials, reviewing patient assessment and care planning, basics of cardiovascular and respiratory monitoring and management, and a review of pharmacology. The second section presents information on common pathologic conditions encountered in acutely ill individuals (e.g. ACS, CHF, exacerbation of COPD, acute ischemic stroke, etc.). The third section is devoted to more advanced areas such as cardiomyopathy, SAH, brain tumors, etc. The last section is composed of reference tables and materials.
Assessment: This will be of value for nurses working in progressive care settings. It is tailored to their practice needs and would be a good reference. It is, by design, very similar to AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing. Consequently, I would not purchase both due to the degree of duplication. Features of this book which are specific to progressive care include information on CVP and arterial monitoring, noninvasive ventilation, long-term ventilation and weaning, assessment of alcohol withdrawal, bariatric surgery, and other common acute care diagnoses, and management of insulin infusions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071480123
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/7/2006
  • Series: AACN Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Chulay, R.N.,D.N.Sc., F.A.A.N. has held critical-care nursing positions such as staff nurse and clinical educator.

Suzanne Burns, R.N., M.S.N., R.R.T.,A.C.N.P.,C.C.R.N., F.A.A.N., F.C.C.M. is a professor of nursing and an advanced practice nurse at the University of Virginia Health System.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Assessment Of Critically Ill Patients And Families by Mary Fran Tracy
Chapter 2. Planning Care For Critically Ill Patients And Families
Chapter 3. Interpretation And Management Of Basic Cardiac Rhythms
Chapter 4. Hemodynamic Monitoring by
Chapter 5. Airway And Ventilatory
Chapter 6. Pain, Sedation, And Neuromuscular Blockade Management
Chapter 7. Pharmacology
Chapter 8. Ethical And Legal Considerations
Chapter 9. Cardiovascular System
Chapter 10. Respiratory System by
Chapter 11. Multisystem Problems
Chapter 12. Neurologic System
Chapter 13. Hematology And Immunology Systems
Chapter 14. Gastrointestinal System
Chapter 15. Renal System by Carol Hinkle
Chapter 16. Endocrine System
Chapter 17. Trauma by Carol A. Rauen and Jamie B. Sinks
Chapter 18. Advanced ECG
Chapter 19. Advanced Cardiovascular Concepts
Chapter 20. Advanced Neurologic Concepts
Chapter 21. Normal Value Tables
Chapter 22. Pharmacology Tables by Ernest Alexander
Chapter 23. Advanced Cardiac Life Support Algorithms
Chapter 24. Guidelines for the Transfer of Critically Ill Patients
Chapter 26. Hemodynamic Monitoring Troubleshooting Guide
Chapter 27. Ventilatory Troubleshooting Guide

Note: This chapter was authored by Irene Grossbach

Chapter 28. Cardiac Rhythms, ECG Characteristics and Treatment Guide
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