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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.
- 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
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- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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