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A fun, streamlined way to learn the major concepts and theories of critical care nursing - and how to apply them to real-world patient situations
Whether you're a professional nurse who wants to transition into critical care nursing or a student seeking to excel in your advanced studies, Critical Care Nursing Demystified is the book you need to quickly and easily understand the key concepts and advanced trends of this specialty.
In order to make the learning process as quick and effective as possible, each chapter contains lesson objectives, key terms, NCLEX (R)-style Q&A, and vignettes of nursing situations you're likely to encounter in the workplace. You'll also find a comprehensive final exam and coverage that includes overviews of basic anatomy and physiology of target organ systems, detailed health assessments using the body systems approach, diagnostic studies utilized to confirm an illness, common critical procedures performed, current medications used in the treatment of the critical care patient, and implementation of the nursing process to identify and solve patient concerns.
Learn how to care for patients with:
Critical respiratory needs
Critical cardiac and vascular needs
Critical cardiac rhythm disturbance needs
Critical renal needs
Critical hematologic needs
Simple enough for students but challenging enough for professional nurses considering a switch from their current field to this specialty, Critical Care Nursing Demystified is the book you need to make your transition or entry into the field as smooth and painless as possible.
Cynthia L. Terry, CNE, MSN, CCRN, RN Associate Professor of Nursing at Lehigh Carbon Community College, as well as a certified Critical Care Nurse. Faculty, Lehigh carbon Community College Schnecksville, Pennsylvania
Chapter 1: The Critical Care Nurse Introduction Education and Experience Standards, Organizations, and Certification: Promoting Excellence Communication and Health Care Team Members: Calling the Shots Defining the Critical Care Nurse Regulatory Issues that Impact the Critical Care Environment Future Challenges for the Critical Care Nurse Review Questions Answers Chapter 2: Care of the Patient with Critical Respiratory Needs Anatomy and PhysiologyAssessment Skills for the High-Risk Respiratory Patient Collaborative Diagnostic Tools Oxygen Delivery Systems Advanced Airway Techniques What is Mechanical Ventilation? Commonly used Respiratory Medications in Critical Care for the Patient on MV Respiratory Conditions Requiring Critical Care Review Questions Answers Chapter 3: Care of the Patient with Critical Cardiac and Vascular Needs Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovascular System Assessment Skills Collaborative Diagnostic and Laboratory Tools Advanced Procedural Skills Cardiovascular Medications used in Critical Care Medical CV Conditions Requiring Critical Care Surgical CV Conditions Requiring Critical Care Review Questions Answers Chapter 4: Care of the Patient with Critical Cardiac Rhythm Disturbances Needs Assessment Skills Cardiac Electrophysiology How does Cardiac Monitoring Really Work? So What do these Systems "See"? So How does a Nurse do Detective Work on These Rhythm Strips? Types of Basic Rhythms Where do 12-Lead ECGs Enter the Picture? Medications that Help with Rhythm Stabilization Special Cardiac Devices to Help Maintain the Patient's Rhythm Cardiac Arrest: Your Worst Nightmare Review Questions Answers Chapter 5: Care of the Patient with Neurological Needs Introduction Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System Neurological Needs: Assessment Assessing Motor Movements-Strength and Coordination Normal Pupils Assessment of Eye Movements (EOMs)or Extraocular Movements Oculocephalic Reflex or Doll's Eyes Movements Oculocephalic Reflex or Cold Caloric Test Respiratory Patterns Additional Assessments Palpation Percussion-Deep Tendon Reflexes Other Responses Auscultation Collaborative Diagnostic Tools Medications that Help with Symptoms Medical Conditions Requiring Complex Care Surgical Conditions Requiring Complex Neurological Care Review Questions AnswersChapter 6: Care of the Traumatized Patient Introduction Mechanism of Injury (MOI) Classification of Injuries Evaluating Reports from the Field Trauma Center Levels and Classifications Medications used in Trauma Care Fluid Volume Replacement (FVR) Care of the Patient with Specific Traumatic Injuries Review Questions Answers Chapter 7: Care of the Patient with Endocrine Disorders Introduction Major Organs of the Endocrine System to be Addressed Review Questions Answers Chapter 8: Care of the Patient with Critical Renal Needs Anatomy and Physiology of the Renal System Assessment Skills Collaborative Diagnostic and Laboratory Tools Medications Commonly used in Critical Care Dialysis Acute and Chronic Renal Failure Review Questions Answers Chapter 9: Care of the Patient with Critical Hematologic Needs Anatomy and Physiology of the Hematologic SystemAssessment SkillsCollaborative Diagnostic and Laboratory ToolsMedications Commonly used in Critical Care that Affect the Hematologic SystemBlood Products used for Hematologic ProblemsMedical Conditions that Require Critical CareReview QuestionsAnswers