Understanding the Essentials of Critical Care Nursing / Edition 2

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Overview

UNDERSTANDING THE ESSENTIALS OF CRITICAL CARE NURSING, 2/e introduces all foundational elements of critical care nursing that are essential to delivering safe, effective care, and provide the basis for the eventual delivery of sophisticated, expert care. It focuses on the techniques and concepts most important for novice critical care nurses to understand, and the care of patients with the most common critical illnesses, establishing the groundwork students need to become increasingly effective and capable of offering increasingly advanced care. Key topics include: nursing assessment of critically ill patients; evidence based practices; safety initiatives; commonly used medications; and leading technologies for providing better care. This edition contains extensive new coverage ranging from 2010 AHA Guidelines to safety and evidence-based practice; and calls greater attention to nursing actions associated with collaborative care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132724159
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 225,995
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathleen Ouimet Perrin Ph.D., RN, CCRN
Kathleen Perrin is a professor of nursing at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she teaches critical care nursing, professional nursing, ethics, and understanding suffering.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her master’s degree from Boston College, and her Ph.D. from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She has been a practicing critical care nurse for over 30 years and a member of the American Association of Critical Care (AACN) Nurses for nearly as long.  Kathleen has served on the board of the Southern New Hampshire AACN and is a past president of the chapter.  She is currently President of the Epsilon Tau chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.  She has published and presented in the areas of critical care nursing, nursing ethics, nursing history, suffering experienced by patients as well as health care providers, and conflict among members of the health care team.  
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Table of Contents

1. What is Critical Care?

2. Care of Critical Ill Patients

3. Care of the Patient with Respiratory Failure

4. Interpretation and Management of Basic Dysrhythmias

5. Cardiodynamics and Hemodynamic Regulation

6. Care of the Patient with Acute Coronary Syndrome

7. Care of the Patient Experiencing Heart Failure

8. Care of the Patient Experiencing Shock

9. Care of the Patient Following a Traumatic Injury

10. Care of the Patient with An Intracranial Dysfunction

11. Care of the Patient with a Cerebral Or Cerbrovascular Disorder

12. Care of the Patient Experiencing Alcohol withdrawal and/Or Liver Failure

13. Care of the Patient with An Acute Gastrointestinal Bleed of Pancreatitis

14. Care of the Patient with Problems in Glucose Metabolism

15. Care of the Patient with Acute Kidney Injury

16. Care of the Organ Donor and Transplant Recipient

17. Care of the Acutely Ill Burn Patient

18. Care of the Patient with Sepsis

19. Care of the ICU Patient at the End of Life

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