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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Julie A. Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP, CCNS (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This fifth edition of a well known critical care nursing textbook replaces the outdated version published in 2001. The first section covers the foundations of critical care nursing and the second section focuses on special populations of critically ill individuals (children, pregnant women, elders, and patients undergoing surgical procedures). The rest of the book presents information organized in a systems format, and concludes with a section on multisystem problems.
Purpose: While not specifically stated, the book is written for undergraduate nursing students. It serves this audience well, as have previous editions.
Audience: The book is intended for use by undergraduate nursing students and is written at a level appropriate for them. The first section of foundational content related to critical care nursing creates the context for subsequent disease-specific chapters. The editors are seasoned experts in critical care nursing, and contributors hold relevant advanced academic degrees and certifications and are experienced practitioners.
Features: The first section covers the historical, ethical, and legal basis for this nursing specialty. Chapters cover common problems of interest to nursing, sleep, pain, nutrition, agitation, patient education, psychological support, and end of life care. The section on special populations is unique. The last section of the book, focusing on multisystem problems, includes specific chapters on organ donation and transplantation and on hematologic and oncologic emergencies, topics rarely covered in basic critical care nursing textbooks. The rest of the book covers the typical systems-formatted content and includes the standard anatomy/physiology, patient assessment, diagnostic procedures, and common diagnoses and management.
Assessment: This updated version includes unique sections on pregnant patients, end of life care, organ donation and transplantation, and oncologic emergencies. While it would be nice to see more comprehensive coverage of the end of life and oncologic emergencies, this book at least introduces these issues. The section on mechanical ventilation, a very commonly deployed therapy in critical care, is extremely limited. One feature which will be particularly useful for students is the use of the highlighted boxes that focus on nursing diagnoses and nursing interventions classification (NIC) activities. Boxes also emphasize points related to patient education, pharmacology, patient history, and collaborative practice. Multiple additional online student and instructor resources are also available through the Evolve Learning System. This is a useful resource (in a very crowded field) for undergraduate students venturing into critical care nursing practice.