AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing, 4th Ed.

AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing, 4th Ed.

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Book, 640 pages, 2018

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AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing, 4th Ed.

Written by top clinical experts, “AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing, 4th Ed.”, provides succinct, complete guidance on how to safely and competently care for critically ill adult patients and their families. This acclaimed textbook sets the standard for critical care nursing education. Recognizing the learner’s need to assimilate foundational knowledge before attempting to master more complex critical care nursing concepts, the book features a practical building-block organization that starts with the basics and logically progresses to advanced topics. Bolstered by tables and content cases, AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing is an essential tool for clinicians at the point of care and for those preparing for CCRN certification in critical care nursing.

Key Features

  • The Essentials: Presents core information that new clinicians must understand to provide safe, competent nursing care to all critically ill patients, regardless of their underlying medical diagnoses
  • Pathologic Conditions: Covers pathologic conditions and management strategies commonly encountered among adult critical care patients
  • Advanced Concepts in Caring for the Critically Ill Patient: Moves beyond the essentials and includes information about specific pathologic conditions that require specialized critical care management 
  • Key Reference Information: Features normal laboratory and diagnostic values, troubleshooting guides for hemodynamic monitoring, summary tables of critical care drugs, and cardiac rhythms and treatment guides

Learning Aids

  • Knowledge Competencies that can help gauge progress
  • Principles of Management to summarize key concepts
  • Essential Content case studies with questions and answers to further reinforce the learners’ knowledge 

Table of Contents:

Section I. The Essentials

  1. Assessment of Critically Ill Patients and Their Families
  2. Planning Care for Critically Ill Patients and Their Families
  3. Interpretation and Management of Basic Cardiac Rhythms
  4. Hemodynamic Monitoring
  5. Airway and Ventilatory Management
  6. Pain, Sedation and Neuromuscular Blockade Management
  7. Pharmacology
  8. Ethical and Legal Considerations

Section II. Pathologic Conditions

  1. Cardiovascular System
  2. Respiratory System
  3. Multisystem Problems
  4. Neurologic System
  5. Hematologic and Immune Systems
  6. Gastrointestinal System
  7. Renal System
  8. Endocrine System
  9. Trauma

Section III. Advanced Concepts in Caring for the Critically Ill Patient

  1. Advanced ECG Concepts
  2. Advanced Cardiovascular Concepts
  3. Advanced Respiratory Concepts: Modes of Ventilation
  4. Advanced Neurologic Concepts

Section IV. Key Reference Information

  1. Normal Values Table
  2. Pharmacology Tables
  3. Advanced Cardiac Life Support Algorithms
  4. Hemodynamic Troubleshooting Guide
  5. Cardiac Rhythms, ECG Characteristics and Treatment Guide

ISBN #: 9781260116755 

Authors: S. Burns, S. Delgado

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