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Understanding the Essentials of Critical Care Nursing 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131722101
ISBN-10: 0131722107
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Understanding the Essentials of Critical Care Nursing 1e

Kathleen Ouimet Perrin

 

This brief introduction to Critical Care Nursing provides core information essential for the novice critical care nurse to understand, whether that novice is a student or a new graduate. The problems presented are based on the likelihood that a novice critical care nurse will encounter them. Recommended practices rely on evidence-based findings for collaborative and nursing practice.

 

FEATURES

·         Visual Maps:  Each chapter includes visual maps to illustrate the relationships among the disease states, collaborative interventions, and outcomes.          

·         Commonly Used Medications:  Medications most often prescribed for the conditions addressed in the chapter are highlighted. 

·          Safety Initiatives:  These boxes highlight specific safety initiatives important for the nurse to understand.

·         Gerontological Considerations:  Many patients in critical care settings are older adults; this essential information will enhance the effectiveness of critical care nurses. 

·          Nursing Diagnoses:  NANDA Nursing Diagnoses are suggested for the disorders and diseases presented

·         Case Study:  A case study of a realistic patient scenario illustrates the chapter content and provides an example of collaborative and nursing management. 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

COMPANION WEBSITE (www.prenhall.com/perrin) Open access for students and faculty, offering NCLEX review, nursing care plans, student activities, additional resources, and much more.

 

ONLINE COURSE MANAGEMENT CARTRIDGES  Pearson’s online course management solutions feature interactive modules, student activities, NCLEX review questions, instructors’ resources, and more.   For more information please contact your Pearson Health and Careers Sales Representative or go online to www.prenhall.com/demo.

 

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Upper Saddle River, NJ  07458

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About the Author

Kathleen Ouimet Perrin Ph.D., RN, CCRN
Kathleen Perrin is a professor of nursing at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she teaches critical care nursing, professional nursing, ethics, and understanding suffering.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her master’s degree from Boston College, and her Ph.D. from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She has been a practicing critical care nurse for over 30 years and a member of the American Association of Critical Care (AACN) Nurses for nearly as long.  Kathleen has served on the board of the Southern New Hampshire AACN and is a past president of the chapter.  She is currently President of the Epsilon Tau chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.  She has published and presented in the areas of critical care nursing, nursing ethics, nursing history, suffering experienced by patients as well as health care providers, and conflict among members of the health care team.  
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (August 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131722107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131722101
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I work as a tech in a medical ICU and will be working there when I graduate from nursing school. After perusing many other critical care books, this one covered the most real-world topics that you'll see right off the bat when you get into a MICU. I'm not saying other books aren't great, but for a starter book I think this is an excellent choice.
Example topics like Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS) and liver failure related to Tylenol overdose are not covered in most other books, if at all, but they are well explained here. I also love the meds sections. Under the appropriate topics, medications are listed and are often named (not just a class of meds). For example, in the dysrhythmia chapter there are in-depth descriptions of Amiodarone, Procainamide, Lidocaine and magnesium - the desired effects, nursing responsibilities and side effects. Fantastic!... not just another umbrella explanation to use an "anti-dysrhythmic" drug.
To top it off, the book doesn't seem too much like a textbook. It is easier to read; I think of it more as a manual. Highly recommend!
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As a critical care RN for almost 30 years in the field I now teach nursing (and work as a flight RN). I got this text teaching critical rotations for an accelerated BSN basic nursing program. It's their primary source for their lectures and clinical.

I found it really, really easy to read, comprehensive, and a great review for even seasoned RNs. I often carry it with me when teaching the basic and intermediate med/surg courses as well as it's a great reference for me and my students, even if they're not at that level yet, (e.g., how BUN and creatinine are indicative of fluid volume status and which is more specific for acute renal failure). I rarely read books cover to cover, but this was awesome and I did read it cover to cover. I highly recommend it.
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Besides being required this text was a nice surprise. Its readable, technical and of an appropriate scope to the subject. I feel like my readings were time well spent rather than reinforcing my need to look to other sources.

Too often I have to buy books that are compliments by the authors to themselves in their overwhelming detail and included information. Just send me a resume to ignore, let the text be a useful tool.

Kudos for being paperback. No need for this to be a coffee table book with clay-finish papers and a hard cover sporting a pertinant photograph; I just need the info, not to be baffled by the presentation.
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The information is to the point. Explains complex issues well and there are also questions and a good review section. This book is also an easy read.
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This book can be a bit dry but overall it is very informative. I learned a lot from this book and I think it has pretty good explanations!
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I thought this book wasn't detailed enough for critical care. It's good for a critical care baseline but lacks the needed information and details of harder concepts. Our teacher thought so too because she used a lot of supplemental things in class.
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This book is required for one of my nursing courses. Honestly, I learned more by just listening to lecture and studing my NCLEX book. If your instructor tells you the book is optional, save yourself the money and invest in a good NCLEX book instead!
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This is a good book for critical care which was required for the course. If I didnt have to buy it and wanted a critical care book for some odd reason i would just find a free one online or use the critical care app on the iphone.
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