The Essential ACNP Library


Code of Ethics for Nursing With Interpretive Statements (ANA)
This is ANA's guide for carrying out nursing responsibilities in a manner consistent with quality in nursing care and the ethical obligations of the profession. 

Critical Care Concepts, Role and Practice of the ACNP
With this text, Acute Care Nurse Practitioners will learn what to expect in the critical care unit, and how to manage various complications with patients in acute and intensive care settings. Significant emphasis is given to the complex pathophysiology and appropriate management of common problems encountered in the critical care environment, including trauma, infections and disease.

ICU Chest Radiology: Principles and Case Studies
A practical, highly useful guide to the principles of ICU chest radiology, complete with case studies and radiographs on CD

The Internal Medicine Casebook: Real Patients, Real Answers
This book presents patient-oriented cases for 88 diseases in all areas of internal medicine. Case studies follow a question-and-answer format that mirrors rounds presentations.

Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, 8th Ed.
"What tests do I order, and what do the results mean?" Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, eight edition, provides the answers quickly and clearly for a vast range of adult and pediatric conditions.

Practice Guidelines for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners, 2nd Ed.
This book is a comprehensive, easy-access clinical reference for acute care nurse practitioners and other clinicians. It features guidelines for managing over 230 of the most common conditions experienced by adult patients in acute care.

Research for Advanced Practice Nurses
This book provides practical ways for nurses to develop competency in evidence-based practice (EBP) by effectively using and appraising clinical studies.

Resuscitation and Stabilization of the Critically Ill Child
The care of the critically ill or injured child begins with timely, prompt and aggressive resuscitation and stabilization. In-depth clinical resource for advanced practice nurses.

AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice
This book describes the scope of practice and standards of professional performance for the acute care nurse practitioner.

Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence
Pocket-sized resource to help in searching for evidence.

Tarascon Pocket References
The series of pocket guides succinctly distills and organizes hard-to-remember yet vitally important clinical information all written by experts in their fields.


Internet Journal of Advanced Practice Nursing

Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal
This is a Medscape product that requires initial user name and password; otherwise, journal access is free.

Web Resources:

A website that lists current clinical trials enrolling patients, and has professional educational materials and job postings.

Geriatric Pain – Online Education and Resources
This site, a one-stop resource, shares free best-practice tools and resources that support recommendations for good pain assessment and management in older adults, including implementation of quality improvement processes focused on pain management.

Up to Date
4,400 authors, editors and peer reviewers contribute by writing and continuously updating over 8,300 topics addressing questions that arise in clinical practice. In addition to comprehensive presentation of the evidence, each topic offers practical, detailed and evidence-based recommendations that clinicians can use at the point of care. (This is a subscription with cost.)

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: An Evidence-Based Prevention Resource for Nurse Practitioners
A government website providing updated resources for preventive screening and care specific to nurse practitioners.

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Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies (2004)
This document describes entry-level competencies for graduates of master’s and postmaster’s programs preparing acute care nurse practitioners.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies
This 2010 publication delineates the entry-level competencies for graduates of master’s, Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and postgraduate programs preparing primary care NPs who serve the adult-gerontology population.

Clinical Guidelines and Administrative Standards for Adult and Pediatric ICU and Progressive Care Units: Society of Critical Care Medicine

Johns Hopkins Antibiotic Guide
Available as a free download to your mobile device.

Patient Handoff Toolkit
Online/downloadable, free. Prepared by AORN and the Department of Defense through the TEAMStepps program.


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