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AACN Advanced Critical Care Nursing


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From AACN experts comes a resource dedicated to helping you oversee or care for critical care patients in any practice setting. This comprehensive critical care nursing textbook addresses serious and potentially life-threatening patient conditions with a foundation rooted in the critical thinking process: the comprehension, analysis, synthesis, and application of knowledge.

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Key Features

    • Endorsed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the largest specialty nursing organization in the United States, for the most authoritative coverage available.
    • Thorough discussions of each body system emphasize advanced concepts, presenting physiology in an application format that examines the clinical implications of physiological science.
    • Coverage of assessment focuses on interpreting abnormal findings and linking those findings to diagnosis and intervention.
    • Appropriate interventions are discussed from an interdisciplinary, evidence-based perspective.
    • Hundreds of new, full-color illustrations and design clarify important concepts and improve the book's usability.
    • Complex, unfolding case studies are presented in all disease chapters, accompanied by review questions with a comprehensive answer key.
    • Multidisciplinary Plans of Care provide at-a-glance information for common ICU conditions.
    • Nutrition boxes appear in each relevant chapter, offering guidelines for patient needs with specific illnesses.
    • Research-Based Practice Guidelines boxes and Promoting Evidence-Based Practice features appear throughout the text whenever applicable to present the latest research-supported nursing assessment and intervention practices.
    • Drug boxes include common classifications of critical care drugs for specific disorders, including drug, actions, dosage, and special considerations.
    • Applying the Technology features help you apply the latest technology to patient care.
    • NIC Interventions boxes list NIC intervention labels appropriate for the conditions discussed in a chapter.

Published Reviews

    "The book provides extensive coverage of body systems, including cardiac, pulmonary, renal, neurological, haematological and multi-system disorders. There is a chapter on caring for the bariatric patient, highlighting potential complications and treatment options, including surgery. Information is presented consistently, with full-colour illustrations. Case studies and boxes on the latest research are threaded throughout, promoting engagement and critical thinking. Every chapter is supported with contemporary evidence."
    Nursing Standard, April 15 2009


    "This comprehensive text on critical care nursing is a pleasure to read...The material is logical, coherent and accessible and yet each author has been able to sustain sufficient depth and coverage to make it an ideal text for the postgraduate critical care students or a very handy general source text for critical care units and educators.
    Nurse Education in Practice, 2009




Author Information

    By AACN and AACN; Edited by Karen K. Carlson, RN, MN, CCNS, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Carlson Consulting Group, Bellevue, WA; Clinical Faculty, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing, University of Wahington, Seattle, WA

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AACN Advanced Critical Care Nursing
  • Hardcover
  • Reference
  • 1632 Pages
  • Trim Size: 8 1/2 X 10 7/8 in
  • Imprint: Saunders
  • ISBN: 978-1-4160-3219-9
  • Copyright: 2009