Author: Patricia Gonce Morton,Dorrie K. Fontaine
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Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach focuses on exactly what the critical care nurse needs to know by pinpointing the nurse,,s role and nursing interventions. This classic text and reference, now in its 11th edition, maintains its popular holistic approach to the complexities of critical care nursing. The book,,s comprehensive, yet manageable coverage begins with the psychosocial concepts of care and progresses through assessment and management of a variety of disorders. Presenting theory and principles within the context of practical application helps students gain competence and confidence in caring for critically ill patients and their families. As always, the patient as the center of the health care team,,s efforts is emphasized throughout. The 11th edition, led by nationally known expert Dr. Morton, provides excellent contributing authors, the latest research in health care and nursing, smart organization of the material with features that promote critical thinking throughout, and outstanding photographs and illustrations to engage learners. The clear, concise writing style, organization of material, and specially designed features like Evidence-Based Practice Highlights, Considerations of Older Patients boxes, and Case Studies with Critical Thinking Study Questions assist students in understanding the pathophysiological basis for illness and the strategies the critical care nurse uses in assessing and managing patients. The text is completely updated with the most current research in health care and nursing education, with an improved art program, and easily navigated design. Critical Care Nursing is the book all critical care students need to strengthen thinking and decision making skills for a successful career in critical care nursing. KEY FEATURES: - NEW! QSEN icon signals pertinent content within the text. - Learning Objectives help students focus on important content. - Case Studies with Critical Thinking Study Questions guide students on the journey from knowledge to practical application. - Considerations for Older Patients boxes highlight the special needs of the fastest growing segment of our population. - Patient Safety boxes guide safe and effective practice by alerting the critical care nurse of risk factors, signs and symptoms, side effects, and complications. - Health History boxes summarize key areas that should be covered and relevant information that may be revealed during the health history. - Collaborative Care Guides, presented in a tabular format containing outcomes and interventions, describe how the health care team works together to manage a patient,,s illness and minimize complications. - Teaching Guides help the critical care nurse to prepare patients and family members for procedures, assist patients and family members with understanding the illness they are dealing with, explain post-procedure or postoperative activities, or prepare a patient for discharge from the hospital. - Drug Therapy tables summarize information related to the administration and monitoring of drug therapy. - Spotlight on Genetics boxes, appearing in select chapters, help students understand how genetic factors influence disorders. - Nursing Diagnosis boxes use common NANDA terminology to summarize common nursing diagnoses for particular conditions. - Evidence-Based Practice Highlights emphasize the importance of research-based practice.