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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Hours: 32 Contact Hours
  • Linda D. Urden
  • Kathleen M. Stacy
  • Mary E. Lough
  • Workbook Author: Erik J. Usher, RN, BS, CEN, CPEN, EMT-P, CFRN
    Item#: N1794
    Contents: 1 Course Book (664 pages)
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    Priorities in Critical Care Nursing, 7th Edition

    Price $124.95
    Item # N1794
    When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

    Release Date: August 11, 2017

    Expiration Date: August 31, 2020

    In the constant evolution of healthcare services, historical stereotypes and a siloed approach to care delivery have become antiquated. Critical care now starts in the emergency department and, in many cases, the prehospital arena. In the same breath, emergency medicine is perpetuated within the confines of a critical care unit, step-down unit, medical surgical floor, and in the corridors of hospitals when rapid response activations, stroke alerts, ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) alerts, and sepsis response team alerts are initiated. Additionally, the changing workforce demographics, a need for succession planning, increased and accessible education, mentorship, and recruitment are essential to maintain and prepare qualified critical care nurses for the future.

    Priorities in Critical Care Nursing, 7th Edition provides a systematic approach in presenting key elements of critical care nursing in a digestible and user-friendly learning format. The authors present complex information in a manner that ensures the reader understands not just the what, but the how and why of critical care assessment, diagnostic evaluations, and interventions. Critical thinking and application of key concepts are demonstrated in case study scenarios for clinicians to review and apply in their own practice setting.

    The course focuses on the priorities in critical care nursing. It encourages the clinician to build on established nursing knowledge to facilitate the critical care needs of acutely or chronically ill patients. Priorities in Critical Care Nursing, 7th Edition covers the many common pathologies in the following systems: cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurologic, renal, endocrine, and multisystem disease states such as sepsis and trauma. The textbook aligns pathologies and medical diagnoses with the nursing process, including nursing actions, core to professional nursing practice across all settings. 

    Course Objectives
    • Identify key components required to provide optimum care to patients in the critical care setting.
    • Select the nutritional needs of the critical care patient and the nutritional support required for specific body system alterations.
    • Explain the physiology of pain and a typical pain assessment in critical care nursing.
    • Explain the complexities of implementing end-of-life care in the critical care unit.
    • Identify cardiovascular disorders encountered in the critical care setting and their associated assessment and nursing management methods.
    • Explain the physical assessment and nursing management of disorders in the pulmonary system.
    • Explain the clinical assessment, diagnostic procedures, and assessment tools used when caring for the critically ill patient with a neurologic pathology.
    • Explain kidney clinical assessment, diagnostic procedures, laboratory measurements, and nursing management of the critically ill patient with renal pathology.
    • Identify the gastrointestinal clinical assessment and related diagnostic procedures used when caring for the critically ill patient with gastrointestinal disorders.
    • Explain the clinical assessment and diagnostic procedures used when caring for the critically ill patient with endocrine disorders.
    • Identify the complex nursing management of patients experiencing traumatic injuries, shock, sepsis, and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome in the critical care setting.
    • Discuss the medical and nursing management of hematologic disorders and oncologic emergencies encountered in the critical care setting.
    Linda D. Urden, DNSc, RN, CNS, NE-BC, FAAN, Professor and Director, Master’s, Healthcare Informatics and International Nursing Programs, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice and Simulation, University of San Diego, San Diego, California

    Kathleen M. Stacy, PhD, RN, CNS, CCRN, PCCN, CCNS, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Associate Professor, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice and Simulation, University of San Diego, San Diego, California

    Mary E. Lough, PhD, RN, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, FCCM, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Stanford Health Care, Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University, Stanford, California

    Erik J. Usher, RN, BS, CEN, CPEN, EMT-P, CFRN, has over 27 years of widespread critical care and emergency trauma experience and is currently a rotor-wing flight nurse/paramedic for Bayflite Aeromedical Program out of St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Usher began his trauma career in 1988 in Bristol, Connecticut, working for a busy hospital-based EMS agency. While continuing to work EMS, Mr. Usher obtained a diploma in nursing at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, where he started his trauma nursing career in the emergency department of one of the state’s largest and busiest Level I trauma centers. In 1998 Mr. Usher began working for University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, the busiest Level I trauma center in the United States based on ISS Severity at the time. In concert with working in the freestanding resuscitation department, Mr. Usher began his critical care/flight nursing career for Mercy Air in 1998, in which capacity he helped establish the Las Vegas medevac flight program. Mr. Usher became the manager of the Las Vegas base while also maintaining his skills in the trauma center as a nurse and in EMS as a street paramedic. Mr. Usher has been an active speaker at national conventions as well as a lead instructor for advanced procedural cadaver labs throughout the country. He maintains active credentials as an instructor for the Emergency Nurses Association Trauma Nursing Core Course as well as with the American Heart Association as a pediatric advanced life support and advanced cardiac life support instructor. Mr. Usher maintains board certifications as a certified emergency nurse, certified pediatric emergency nurse, and certified flight registered nurse. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health administration and has been published in several textbooks and medical journals throughout his career.

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