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Essentials of Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach focuses on the most common disorders and technologies encountered by a critical care nurse today. It includes enough depth to enhance the reader’s full understanding of important topics and fully prepares the student for practice. The clear, concise writing style assists students in understanding the pathophysiological basis for illness and the strategies the critical care nurse uses in assessing and managing patients. This text contains information about important psychosocial concepts, legal and ethical issues, history and physical examinations, key laboratory and diagnostic tests, as well as key nursing interventions used in critical care.
 
Each chapter contains learning objectives to help focus the reader and a case study with critical thinking study questions that guide the student’s knowledge to practical application. Specially designed features appear throughout the text to assist students in providing competent and compassionate care to critically ill patients and their families:
 

  • Drug Therapy tables summarize information related to the administration and monitoring of drug therapy such as adverse effects, contraindications to use, measures that should be taken before administering the drug, as well as how to monitor a patient receiving the medication.
  • Diagnostic Tests tables present significant diagnostic test information including the purpose and method of testing, normal values, abnormal values, and nursing implications.
  • The Older Patient notes, appearing within the flow of the text, highlight information related to assessing and caring for older patients in the critical care setting.
  • Red Flag notes, also appearing throughout the text, highlight information that will help a critical care nurse recognize a serious problem or life-threatening change in a patient’s condition.
  • Collaborative Care Guides contain outcomes and interventions and describe how the health care team works together to manage a patient’s illness and minimize complications.
  • Evidence-Based Practice Highlights help the reader to understand the importance of research-based practice and its implications for nursing.
  • Health History boxes summarize aspects of the history that are important to explore to gain insight into the patient's current critical health problem.
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Reviewer: Cynthia Lee Cummings, RN, MSN, EdD (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health)
Description: Designed to give a holistic view of the critical care environment, this book begins with Joint Commission, quality and safety education for nurses (QSEN), and evidence-based practice guidelines and then proceeds to topics deemed relevant to critical patients and their families.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate students and nurses about holistic care for patients in critical care settings. The objectives are worthy and the information for families and students is noteworthy. However, the book provides a very general overview in most areas and does not go into enough depth for practicing nurses.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for students and nurses. It is best suited for students, but those hoping to work in critical care need much more specific information on many of the topics.
Features: The book covers all system areas in patient care and discusses assessment and management pertinent to critical care patients. Topics such as pain management, restraints, and ethics related to critical care are also touched upon. The best quality of the book is that it is easy to read and has excellent illustrations and case studies. However, it does not cover most patient areas in any great depth. Most critical care books address systems in much greater depth and at a higher level. The discussions of cardiovascular assessment and medications are similar to information found in many medical-surgical textbooks.
Assessment: This book certainly may have a place providing students with a basic understanding and information about critical care, but it lacks the depth in most areas to be of significant value for practicing nurses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609136932
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 297,659
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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