From the Back Cover
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.
· 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.
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About the Author
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.