AACN Advanced Critical Care Nursing

AACN Advanced Critical Care Nursing

By American Association of Critical-Care Nurses


UNIT I: PRACTICE IN TODAY?S CRITICAL CARE ENVIRONMENT

1. The Critical Care Environment

2. Alternate Settings for Critical Care

3. Comorbid Conditions

UNIT II: ELEMENTS OF CARE

4. Pain and Sedation

5. Symptom Management

-Diarrhea

-Vomiting/Nausea

-Dyspnea

6. Nutrition

7. Thermoregulation

-Hypothermia

-Hyperthermia

8. Families in Critical Care

9. Improving Outcomes through Prophylaxis

UNIT III: CARDIAC

10. Advanced Arrhythmias

11. Acute Coronary Syndromes

12. Heart Failure

13. Heart Disease in Women

14. Cardiac Surgery

15. Valvular Disease and Surgery

16. Vascular Emergencies

17. Cardiomyopathy

18. Heart and Lung Transplantation

UNIT IV: PULMONARY

19. Acute Respiratory Failure and Acute Lung Injury

20. Mechanical Ventilation and Weaning

21. Thoracic Surgery

UNIT V: NERVOUS SYSTEM

22. Head Injury and Dysfunction

23. Cerebral Vascular Disorders

24. Spinal Cord Injury

25. Special Neurologic Patient Populations

UNIT VI: GASTOINTESTINAL

26. Gastrointestinal Bleeding

27. Liver Dysfunction and Failure

28. Pancreatitis

29. The Gut in Critical Illness

30. Liver, Kidney, and Pancreas Transplantation

UNIT VII: RENAL

31. Electrolyte Emergencies

32. Complex Acid-Base Disorders and Associated Electrolyte Imbalances

33. Acute Renal Failure

UNIT VIII: ENDOCRINE

34. Glycemic Control

35. Pituitary, Thyroid, and Adrenal Disorders

UNIT IX: HEMATOLOGIC

36. Blood Conservation and Blood Component Replacement

37. Coagulopathies

UNIT X: IMMUNE (CRITICAL CARE IMMUNOLOGY

38. Caring for the Immunocompromised Patient

39. Bone Marrow Transplantation

UNIT XI: MULTISYSTEM DISORDERS

40. Shock and Endpoints of Resuscitation

41. Optimizing Hemodynamics: Strategies for Fluid and Medication Titration in Shock

42. Trauma

43. Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome

44. Burns

45. Mass-Casualty Competencies

UNIT XII: SPECIAL PATIENT POPULATIONS

46. Caring for the Patient in the Immediate Postoperative Period

47. Caring for the Critically Ill Pregnant Patient

48. Caring for a Pediatric Patient in an Adult Critical Care Unit

49. Caring for the Critically Ill Elderly Patient

50. Caring for the Critically Ill Patient with a Psychiatric Disorder

51. Caring for the Bariatric Patient

52. Oncologic Emergencies

53. Chemical Dependency

54. End-of-Life Care