Core Curriculum for Critical Care Nursing / Edition 6

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From the experts at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), comes the definitive resource on administering quality nursing care to critically ill patients. The 6th edition has been updated to reflect the current state of critical care nursing practice and includes new content on the AACN Synergy Model, professional care and ethical practice, and critical care patients with special needs, as well as the most current literature and clinical studies. The clear and logical format makes this book an ideal study tool for critical care nursing orientation and continuing education programs. By covering the newest content on the CCRN exam, it also serves as an important resource for nurses preparing for critical care certification.
  • Authored by the experts at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
  • Reflects the most recent blueprint of the CCRN examination.
  • Content spans basic to advanced levels with an emphasis on nursing practice.
  • Organized by body system and written in a concise outline format for ease of use.
  • Coverage of the AACN Synergy Model is featured in the new opening chapter.
  • Professional Care and Ethical Practice is integrated into the Core Curriculum series framework.
  • A new chapter on Critical Care Patients with Special Needs includes bariatric and geriatric patients in critical care, as well as high-risk obstetric patients.
  • Features new content on chest tubes, liver transplantation for acute liver failure, spirituality, and spiritual aspects of care.
  • Integrates pain as the 5th vital sign and includes JCAHO, HCFA, and AHCPR guidelines relating to pain management.
  • Features AHRQ evidence-based practice guidelines as reference sources for practice interventions.
  • New organization for Patient Care presents patient problems, needs, etc. in order of clinical priority.
  • Expanded Nursing Interventions includes considerations related to patient/family education, patient transfer, and discharge planning.
  • Web-based resources for CDC, AHA, NINR, National Guideline Clearinghouse, NIH Consensus Conference Proceedings, ADA.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Sharon Willadsen, MSN, RN (Lakeshore Technical College)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of essential information necessary for the critical care nurse.
Purpose: It provides the most up-to-date information on the care and treatment of the critically ill patient, which is invaluable in the ever-changing healthcare environment.
Audience: This is an excellent resource for critical care practitioners. The underlying tenets of anatomy and physiology as well as pathophysiology are well presented and assist in the understanding of important assessment data and appropriate interventions necessary in critical care.
Features: The chapters are arranged by the major body systems, which provides for information that is easy located. Information is presented in outline format, which may be helpful for some readers while others may find it a difficult format to follow. A clinical pathway is provided for patients who have been poisoned or have overdosed. With the increased use of clinical pathways in the clinical arena, it may be useful to incorporate the use of these pathways in other areas of the book. The nursing perspective is provided with the use of the nursing process. Identification of appropriate nursing diagnoses as well as the outcomes, interventions, and evaluations are included for each medical disorder. It may also be useful to prioritize the nursing diagnoses. For example, with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, the priority diagnosis is alteration in respiratory function related to paralysis of respiratory muscles. This would support a further understanding of the most important aspects of nursing care as they relate to the medical diagnosis. The book lacks color, and using color to emphasize different content areas as well as enhance illustrations would better assist understanding the material.
Assessment: The information is well presented and complete. This is without question a book that provides necessary information for the critical care nurse. However, additional content on bladder perforation would have been helpful. Trauma, especially in the pelvic region, puts clients at risk for bladder perforation and is important information for the critical care nurse. Additionally, in the mechanically ventilated patient, the risk of self-extubation and related concerns may be important to address.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721604503
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 295,289
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Professional Caring and Ethical Practice NEW!

2. The Pulmonary System

3. The Cardiovascular System

4. The Neurologic System

5. The Renal System

6. The Endocrine System

7. Hematologic and Immunologic Systems

8. The Gastrointestinal System

9. Multisystem

10. Psychosocial Aspects of Critical Care

11. Critical Care Patients with Special Needs NEW!

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