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Critical Care Nursing Practice Guide: A Road Map For Students And New Graduates / Edition 1

Critical Care Nursing Practice Guide: A Road Map For Students And New Graduates / Edition 1

by Elizabeth Simon


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Critical Care Nursing Practice Guide: A Road Map for Students and New Graduates is an essential, step-by-step, practical guide that helps new nursing graduates, new critical care and nursing students assigned to intensive care units gain the confidence they need to provide optimal care to their patients. This comprehensive text teaches inexperienced nurses how to systematically assess their patients, plan individualized care, implement therapeutic modalities with competence, collaborate effectively and evaluate the effectiveness of nursing actions. Covering areas such as how to begin, organize, prioritize, analyze, reason, and decide in daily routines and emergencies in the critical care setting, this book enables the novice to become an expert in the ICU. Valuable features such as chapter objectives, summaries, and key terms are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763778484
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Publication date: 09/22/2010
Edition description: 1
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors v

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Eyeballing Your Patient 1

Chapter 2 Taking and Giving Shift Report 7

Chapter 3 Assessing Your Patient 15

Chapter 4 Machines, Monitors, and Meters 35

Chapter 5 Labs, Levels, and Labels 63

Chapter 6 Graphs and Waves 99

Chapter 7 Drugs, Drips, and Drops 145

Chapter 8 Emergencies in the ICU 169

Chapter 9 Procedures in the ICU 197

Chapter 10 Planning Your Day 255

Chapter 11 Special ICUs 265

Chapter 12 Transporting the Critically Ill Patient 289

Chapter 13 Documentation 295

Chapter 14 Excellence in Practice 301

Chapter 15 Practice Pearls 311

Appendix A Common Lab Tests 319

Appendix B Drugs, Drips, and Dosages 325

Appendix C Hemodynamic Values 329

Index 331

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