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Understanding the Essentials of Critical Care Nursing 1e

Kathleen Ouimet Perrin

This brief introduction to Critical Care Nursing provides core information essential for the novice critical care nurse to understand, whether that novice is a student or a new graduate. The problems presented are based on the likelihood that a novice critical care nurse will encounter them. Recommended practices rely on evidence-based findings for collaborative and nursing practice.


· Visual Maps: Each chapter includes visual maps to illustrate the relationships among the disease states, collaborative interventions, and outcomes.

· Commonly Used Medications: Medications most often prescribed for the conditions addressed in the chapter are highlighted.

· Safety Initiatives: These boxes highlight specific safety initiatives important for the nurse to understand.

· Gerontological Considerations: Many patients in critical care settings are older adults; this essential information will enhance the effectiveness of critical care nurses.

· Nursing Diagnoses: NANDA Nursing Diagnoses are suggested for the disorders and diseases presented

· Case Study: A case study of a realistic patient scenario illustrates the chapter content and provides an example of collaborative and nursing management.


COMPANION WEBSITE (www.prenhall.com/perrin) Open access for students and faculty, offering NCLEX review, nursing care plans, student activities, additional resources, and much more.

ONLINE COURSE MANAGEMENT CARTRIDGES Pearson’s online course management solutions feature interactive modules, student activities, NCLEX review questions, instructors’ resources, and more. For more information please contact your Pearson Health and Careers Sales Representative or go online to www.prenhall.com/demo.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131722101
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Series: MyNursingLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (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

chapter 1 What Is Critical Care? 1

chapter 2 Care of the Critically Ill Patient 22

chapter 3 Care of the Patient with Respiratory Failure 47

chapter 4 Interpretation and Management of Basic Dysrhythmias 78

chapter 5 Cardiodynamics and Hemodynamics Regulation 113

chapter 6 Care of the Patient Experiencing Shock or Heart Failure 131

chapter 7 Care of the Patient with Acute Coronary Syndrome 151

chapter 8 Care of the Patient Following a Traumatic Injury 183

chapter 9 Care of the Patient Experiencing an Intracranial Dysfunction 208

chapter10 Care of the Patient with a Cerebral or Cerebrovascular Disorder 239

chapter11 Care of the Critically Ill Patient Experiencing Alcohol Withdrawal and/or Liver Failure 263

chapter12 Care of the Patient with an Acute Gastrointestinal Bleed or Pancreatitis 307

chapter13 Care of the Patient with Endocrine Disorders 336

chapter14 Care of the Patient with Acute Renal Failure 361

chapter15 Care of the Organ Donor and Transplant Recipient 383

chapter16 Care of the Acutely Ill Burn Patient 413

chapter17 Care of the Patient with Sepsis 445

chapter18 Caring for the ICU Patient at the End of Life 468

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