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High-Acuity Nursing, 5th Edition [Paperback]

Kathleen Dorman Wagner , Karen L. Johnson , Melanie G. Hardin-Pierce
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August 9, 2009 0135049261 978-0135049266 5th

The Fifth Edition of High Acuity Nursing delivers essential understanding of complex patients and instructs both students and nurses on how to provide nursing care in varied clinical settings.  Broken down into a series of learner-focused modules,  High Acuity Nursing  takes complex information and presents it in smaller, more accessible chunks that promote easier mastery by readers. 


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High-Acuity Nursing 5e


Kathleen Dorman Wagner, EdD, MSN, RN

Karen L. Johnson, PhD, RN

Melanie G. Hardin-Pierce, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC

The fifth edition of High-Acuity Nursing celebrates the twentieth anniversary of this popular book. Broken down into learner-focused, self-paced modules, the book takes complex information and presents it in smaller, more accessible chunks that promote easier mastery by readers. As the modules progress in difficulty, this text addresses the multiple-system problems that nurses face when caring for high-acuity patients.

            With a focus on concepts and principles that can be applied across practice settings and patient populations, High-Acuity Nursing, Fifth Edition, uses a learner-friendly approach that will help nurses and nursing students master the concepts and confidence to succeed in today’s health care settings.


New to this edition:

  • New Modules.  Ten new modules have been added to the 5th edition, including a module on the older high-acuity patient!
  • Related Drug Therapy — Major drug therapy pertaining to a particular topic is summarized in a table.  
  • Nursing Management — Nursing Management is summarized in a special new feature.
  • Critical Thinking Check Point exercises — Presented on the book website on MyNursingKit, a case scenario and higher level critical thinking questions test readers’ understanding of chapter concepts.


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About the Author

Kathleen Wagner EdD, MSN, RN is a lecturer in the Undergraduate Program in the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky. As a nurse educator, she teaches pathopharmacology and high-acuity nursing at the undergraduate level. She is also the Educational Consultant for the Undergraduate Program at the University of Kentucky. She has a doctorate in Instructional Systems Design with a focus on learning transfer and case method instruction. 


Karen Johnson PhD, RN is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and Director of Nursing, Research & Evidence-based Practice at the University of Maryland Medical Center.


Melanie Hardin-Pierce DNP, RN, ACNP-BC is an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, where she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Kentucky studying oral health in mechanically ventilated patients. She is a board certified acute care nurse practitioner who practices as a critical care intensivist in Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. She is primary investigator in funded research that examines inflammation, cardiovascular function and weaning outcomes in mechanically ventilated adults.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5th edition (August 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0135049261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0135049266
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.3 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Dawn
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Wrong access code printed inside brand new text book! I couldn't find any way to notify directly about this text book's printing problem/error so I'm posting it here. I am a nursing student who recently purchased this book, along with several others in my cohort. It appears that Amazon purchased an entire "lot" of these books that all have the same printing error from the publisher (Pearson). The activation code on the front page of the book, under the silver scratch off- is incorrect. When you go to register the book on Pearson's,, it actually register's a 7th edition Ecology text. (go figure??) This happened to ALL OF US that purchased through Amazon and not the campus bookstore! When you contact Pearson's customer service, they initially try to give you the run around and tell you to go back to Amazon to get a "new" code. After persisting to speak with a supervisor and making them see this is their problem I finally was able to gain level II customer service, and they (Pearson) finally issued me a access new code for my brand new text book. It is obviously a Pearson publishing error, however Amazon should be aware of this since they are selling a defective product. Hopefully they will go to Pearson and get new access codes to issue with all the new book purchases so we don't have to go through all the trouble of "customer service" techs that can't figure out how to solve the problem.

a few frustrated nursing student's from California
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars November 14, 2009
By L. Smey
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A great textbook that will be an asset for NCLEX prep. However, whoever proofread this text should be fired due to the presence of more than a few typos.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! October 7, 2009
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This book is the single most helpful book I have had in my Level-II nursing courses. We're using Lehne and Monahan as main text books, but this high acuity nursing is really stellar and explains things so much more clearly and concisely. Love it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is an excellent book for nursingn students May 1, 2010
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Detailed exclusive explanations of medical concept. It is also easy to carry and less expessive as well. I hate Smelxzer after I got this book.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed January 29, 2010
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First of all, this is really a great book that breaks critical care nursing down into very basic topics. I love the modules and pre/post-tests. However, there are a lot of errors in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was great! June 6, 2014
By Amy
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This book is super helpful. It is written so that it is easy to understand and comprehend. I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than MED-SURG February 6, 2014
By kelli
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simple but extensive. cuts out the "fill in" ive experienced with med surg books. Has pre and post tests with an online resource. Great Book for the nitty gritty of high acuity nursing
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great! October 27, 2013
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This book has a lot of information. Love the questions in each section to evaluate what you have learned. The pre and post tests are great! Highly recommended
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Its a text book
It is better than the newer edition. the pictures and diagrams are better and the rest of the content is the same (but in a different order). Read more
Published 9 months ago by stefa
5.0 out of 5 stars to my expectation
Great supplemental reading in addition to my required text. The book was in great shape, no highlighting or pen marks. Thanks
Published 12 months ago by Dani B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book required by school
Nothing exotic. The book is a required by the school so I bought it and read it. It says three more words required so Blah blah blah
Published 12 months ago by The Shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally - a concise and readable nursing textbook!
This text is probably the most well-written book I've read in nursing school. It is concise and informative, and it really reinforces med-surg and patho/pharm content. Read more
Published 12 months ago by B T McGee
5.0 out of 5 stars This is probably the best nursing text book I've used so far
The way this book is organized makes it easy to connect pathophysiology with care of high acuity patients. The modules are a bit long, but easy to read and follow.
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the only nursing textbook I still use
I didn't really read any of my other nursing textbooks in college, but this one is in a class by itself. Read more
Published 17 months ago by HBeth, RN
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This is a very good book. It explains difficult topics very very simply. It has questions after every few paragraphs to reinforce what you've read. Read more
Published 17 months ago by NM11
5.0 out of 5 stars New book and fast!
Brand new book, fast and reliable. Save big. Five stars rating. When you order, you will love it and save money.
Published 19 months ago by Mike Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This book had very, very little wear and tear with no writing or highlighting throughout it. For the price and condition, I can't complain!
Published 23 months ago by bookworm, SN
5.0 out of 5 stars High Acuity Nursing Review
This text is thorough and accurate and clearly covers all of the body systems and is ideally suited for any would-be aspiring advanced practice nurse.
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