For courses on high-acuity nursing intended to serve undergraduate nursing students, novice nurses, novice critical-care nurses, and home-health nurses.
The most focused, up-to-date, easy-to-understand guide to high-acuity nursing in all care settings.
High-Acuity Nursing, Sixth Edition brings together the knowledge needed to care for adult patients with complex conditions and unpredictable outcomes, across settings ranging from critical care to high-skill long-term facilities. It makes critical pathophysiological concepts clinically applicable to high-acuity patients; enhances students' clinical decision-making skills; provides extensive and immediate feedback; and supports self-paced learning. This tightly focused guide has been substantially reorganized to reflect faculty and student feedback. This edition adds bulleted chapter summaries; NCLEX-style posttest items; updated Emerging Evidence boxes; coverage of oncological emergencies, hypertensive crises, and acute aortic problems; adult doses in Related Pharmacotherapy boxes; and a brand-new chapter on complications associated with metabolic stress response.
Teaching and Learning Experience
This book is designed to help learners rapidly gain mastery and confidence. It provides:
Focused coverage of topics specifically related to high-acuity nursing: Helps learners gain command of crucial content without ever feeling overwhelmed by its volume and complexity
Links pathophysiological principles and clinical care: Helps learners translate pathophysiological principles into care decisions, and understand the rationale for those decisions
Learner-focused "active learning" with strong pedagogical support: "Chunks" complex information into small, discrete sections, provides quizzes after each section to ensure mastery, and offers extensive pedagogical support for more effective study
I. Special Topics 1. High-Acuity Nursing 2. Holistic Care of the Patient and Family 3. The Older Adult High-Acuity Patient 4. Acute Pain in the High-Acuity Patient II. Hematologic (Cellular Function) 5. Determinants and Assessment of Hematologic Function 6. Alterations in Red Blood Cell Function and Hemostasis 7. Alterations in White Blood Cell Function 8. Alteration in Immune Response: Solid Organ and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation III. Pulmonary Gas Exchange 9. Determinants and Assessment of Pulmonary Gas Exchange 10. Alterations in Pulmonary Gas Exchange 11. Supporting Pulmonary Gas Exchange: Mechanical Ventilation IV. Cardiac Output 12. Determinants and Assessment of Cardiac Output 13. Assessment of Hemodynamic Status: Hemodynamic Monitoring 14. Assessment of Cardiac Rhythm: Basic Electrocardiographic Rhythm Interpretation 15. Alterations in Cardiac Output 16. Alterations in Myocardial Tissue Perfusion V. Tissue Perfusion 17. Determinants and Assessment of Oxygen Delivery and Oxygen Consumption 18. Alterations in Oxygen Delivery and Oxygen Consumption: Shock States 19. Alterations in Tissue Perfusion: Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome VI. Neurologic 20. Determinants and Assessment of Cerebral Tissue Perfusion 21. Alteration in Cerebral Tissue Perfusion: Acute Brain Attack 22. Alteration in Sensory Perceptual Function: Acute Head Injury 23. Alteration in Sensory Perceptual Function: Acute Spinal Cord Injury 24. Sensory Motor Complications of Acute Illness VII. Fluid and Electrolyte Balance 25. Determinants and Assessment of Fluid and Electrolyte Balance 26. Alterations in Fluid and Electrolyte Balance 27. Alteration in Renal Function: Renal Failure VIII. Metabolic: Regulation of Internal Environment 28. Determinants and Assessment of Gastrointestinal, Hepatic, and Pancreatic Function 29. Alterations in Gastrointestinal Function 30. Alterations in Hepatic Function 31. Alterations in Pancreatic Function IX. Metabolic: Nutrition 32. Determinants and Assessment of Nutrition and Metabolic Function 33. Alterations in Metabolism 34. Alterations in Glucose Metabolism X. Tissue Integrity 35. Determinants and Assessment of Skin Integrity 36. Alterations in Skin Integrity: Complex Wound Management 37. Alterations in Skin Integrity: Acute Burn Injury 38. Alterations in Multisystem Function: Multiple Trauma GLOSSARY ABBREVIATIONS INDEX APPENDIX