AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing, Second Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-05-10
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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The authoritative, evidence-based coverage you need to safely and competently care for adult, critically ill patients and their families – or prepare for the critical care nursing certification exam

Endorsed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and written by top clinical experts in acute care nursing, this textbook thoroughly covers all the need-to-know details on the care of adult, critically ill patients and their families. Supported by helpful tables and algorithms, the book’s practical, building-block organization starts with the basics before proceeding to more complex concepts, paralleling the blueprint for the critical care nursing CCRN certification examination.

AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing is divided into four logical sections, which, taken as a whole, will give you complete understanding of this challenging area of nursing practice:

-The Essentials – provides fundamental information that new clinicians must understand to provide safe, competent nursing care to all critically ill patients, regardless of their underlying medical diagnosis.

-Pathological Conditions – covers pathologic conditions and management strategies commonly encountered in all adult critical care units.

-Advanced Concepts in Caring for the Critically Ill Patient – presents advanced critical care concepts or pathologic conditions that are less common or more specialized than those generally found in adult critical care units.

-Key Reference Information – includes reference information that you will find helpful in a clinical environment, such as normal laboratory and diagnostic values, algorithms for advanced cardiac life support, and summary tables of critical care drugs and cardiac rhythms

Each chapter begins with Knowledge Competencies that can be used to gauge your progress. This edition is compatible with ECCO (Essentials of Critical Care Orientation), the online program offered by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Author Biography

Marianne Chulay, RN, DNSc, FAAN, Consultant, Critical Care Nursing and Clinical Research, Chapel Hill, NC.
Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, FCCM, is Professor of Nursing, Acute and Specialty Care, School of Nursing; and Advanced Practice Nurse Level 2, Medicine/Medical Intensive Care Unit, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Assessment of Critically Ill Patients and Their Families
Chapter 2. Planning Care for Critically Ill Patients and Their Families
Chapter 3. Interpretation and Management of Basic Cardiac Rhythms
Chapter 4. Hemodynamic Monitoring
Chapter 5. Airway and Ventilatory Management
Chapter 6. Pain, Sedation, and Neuromuscular Blockade Management
Chapter 7. Pharmacology
Chapter 8. Ethical and Legal Considerations
Chapter 9. Cardiovascular System
Chapter 10. Respiratory System
Chapter 11. Multisystem Problems
Chapter 12. Neurologic System
Chapter 13. Hematology and Immunology Systems
Chapter 14. Gastrointestinal System
Chapter 15. Renal System
Chapter 16. Endocrine System
Chapter 17. Trauma
Chapter 18. Advanced ECG Concepts
Chapter 19. Advanced Cardiovascular Concepts
Chapter 20. Advanced Respiratory Concepts: Modes of Ventilation
Chapter 21. Advanced Neurologic Concepts
Chapter 22. Normal Value Tables
Chapter 23. Pharmacology Tables
Chapter 24. Advanced Cardiac Life Support Algorithms
Chapter 25. Hemodynamic Monitoring Troubleshooting Guide
Chapter 26. Cardiac Rhythms, ECG Characteristics and Treatment Guide

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