Fast Facts for the ER Nurse, 2e: Emergency Room Orientation in a Nutshell

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Because ER nurses need to think fast and act fast . . .

Fast Facts for the ER Nurse is the only orientation guide and reference designed specifically for new ER nurses and the preceptors responsible for their orientation. The chapters provide a brief overview of equipment, treatments, and drugs used to manage common disorders and conditions frequently seen in the ER. The book includes disorder definitions, signs and symptoms, interventions, ...

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Fast Facts for the ER Nurse: Emergency Room Orientation in a Nutshell, Second Edition

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Overview

Because ER nurses need to think fast and act fast . . .

Fast Facts for the ER Nurse is the only orientation guide and reference designed specifically for new ER nurses and the preceptors responsible for their orientation. The chapters provide a brief overview of equipment, treatments, and drugs used to manage common disorders and conditions frequently seen in the ER. The book includes disorder definitions, signs and symptoms, interventions, drugs, and critical thinking questions.

Using a bullet-point format, each chapter is conveniently organized alphabetically by disease and disorder within each body system for quick access. The book serves as an organized, reliable, and thorough ER guide, ensuring a structured approach to orientation.

The book's "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" feature provides quick summaries of important points, questions, and answers at regular intervals throughout. Other useful features include a skills checklist, coverage of common lab values and medications, and EKG rhythms.

Key Topics Include:



• Cardiovascular Emergencies
• Disaster Response Emergencies
• Infectious Disease Emergencies
• Mental Health Emergencies
• Shock and Multisystem Trauma Emergencies
• Substance Abuse and Toxicologic Emergencies

New to this Edition:



• Endocrine Emergencies
• Environmental Emergencies
• Dental Emergencies
• Rapid Sequence Intubation
• Triage
• Acute Stroke Management Guidelines
• Sexual Assault-Intimate Partner Abuse

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Anna L. Jarrett, PhD, ACNP-ACNS,(University of Arkansas)
Description: Sized to fit in the side pocket of a lab coat, this handy book for practicing emergency room nurses follows a body systems approach. It is a timely update of a 2009 edition.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to aid ER nurses in their day-to-day orientation process with their preceptor. The book meets the goal of providing fast facts, with chapter summaries directed at new nurses in a busy emergency department.
Audience: Registered nurses working in the emergency department are the intended audience.
Features: The book covers emergency room practice in a nutshell, using a body systems approach with handy appendixes that include skills checklists, lab values, and typical ER drugs, including IV drips. The appendixes are valuable in themselves — I would gauge this section as the best feature of this resource. The section on triage is particularly important, discussing typical thoughts and correcting them with what nurses should be thinking. This is an effective way to impart knowledge and alter attitudes at the same time. Areas for improvement — references should be expanded and evidence-based sources identified.
Assessment: This is a good resource because it is a handy, pocket-sized learning reference. Due to quickly changing practice guidelines, the second edition is necessary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826199461
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/26/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 253,357
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer R. Buettner, RN, is a full time Registered Nurse at Emory University Hospital at Midtown in Atlanta, GA. She has ten years of ER Experience and 3 years of experience precepting new graduate nurses and new employees in the ER. Jennifer is Certified in ACLS, PALS, TNCC, and as a Nurse Preceptor (Rockdale Medical Center/2005). She won the Faculty Award for the graduate who "has achieved excellence in both the academic and clinical settings and who best exemplifies the total integration of program philosophy to professional performance" (5/2002). She has developed an ER Orientation Packet and Education Course for two local hospitals.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Tips on surviving ER Nursing
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Chapter 2 Acid-Base Imbalances:

Chapter 3 Cardiovascular Emergencies
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Chapter 4 Disaster Response Emergencies:

Chapter 5 Ear, Nose, Throat, and Dental Emergencies
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Chapter 6: Endocrine Emergencies
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Chapter 7: Environmental Emergencies:

Chapter 8 Fluid & Electrolyte Imbalances
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Chapter 9 Gastrointestinal Emergencies
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Chapter10 Genitourinary Emergencies
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Chapter 11 Geriatric Emergencies
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Chapter 12 Infectious Disease Emergencies:

Chapter 13 Mental Health Emergencies
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Chapter 14 Neurological Emergencies
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Chapter 15 OB Gyn Emergencies
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Chapter 16 Ocular Emergencies
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Chapter 17 Orthopedic and Wound care Emergencies
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Chapter 18 Pediatric Emergencies
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Chapter 19 Respiratory Emergencies
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Chapter 20 Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence:

Chapter 21 Shock and Multisystem Trauma Emergencies
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Chapter 22 Substance Abuse and Toxicologic Emergencies:

Chapter 23: Triage:

Appendices



• Common ER Lab values New! Anion Gap added

• Everyday ER Medications update info throughout

• List of Important ER Medication Change title to "Critical IV drips" New! Cardizem, Diprivan, Epinephine, Milrinone, Vasopressin, Versed, and Labetaolol

• Abbreviations

• Skills Check Lists.


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