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Acute and Critical Care in Adult Nursing

Acute and Critical Care in Adult Nursing

Second Edition

December 2015 | 320 pages | Learning Matters

This book helps adult nursing students to competently manage care of critically and acutely ill patients, and to recognize and deal with the early signs of deterioration. The book takes a practical real-life approach to care, with each chapter focusing on patients with specific problems, then interweaving the knowledge and skills needed to care for that patient.

New to this edition:

·         two new chapters focusing on the renal system and endocrine system

·         updates to include the latest evidence and guidelines from NICE

·         refreshed activities and scenarios reflecting current nursing practice. 

Assessing, Recognising and Responding to Acute and Critical Illness
The Breathless Patient
The Patient Who Needs Respiratory Support
The Patient with Chest Pain
The Patient with Acute Renal Problems
The Patient with Acute Endocrine Disorders
The Patient in Pain
The Patient in Shock
The Patient with Sepsis and Distributive Shock
The Patient with Acute Confusion or Delirium
The Patient with Altered Consciousness
The Patient with Physiological Trauma
Conclusion: Lessons Learned - An Action Plan for Practice

'The set of books is an excellent resource for students. The series is small, easily portable and valuable. I use the whole set on a regular basis'. Fiona Davies, Senior Nurse Lecturer, University of Derby. 

Fiona Davies
University of Derby
Fiona Davies

The difference between the
responsibility and authority for Critical Care nurses in UK and in DK is to big.... the level is not high enough - maybe to basic.

Mrs Birgitte Tørring
Accounting , University College Northern Denmark, act2learn HEALTH
November 15, 2016

Nice, clear and precise information. Easy to understand and relevant to course.

Mrs Fleur Bowater
Health and Social Care at Derby, Derby University
March 3, 2016

This is an excellent book for the undergraduate students. It's simple to read and relate theory to practice. The practice related learning activities throughout the book would be beneficial for the student nurses.

Mrs Neeru Viraj
Nursing, Wolverhampton University
December 11, 2015

Excellent text with good scenarios to help student nurses understanding

Mrs Beryl Ann Cooledge
College Road, Bangor University
October 5, 2015

Excellent basic texbook, with links to NMC essential skills clusters

Miss Gabby Rowley-Conwy
Department of Nursing, Swansea University
October 2, 2015

Desiree Tait

Desi Tait is senior lecturer and Year leader for BSc Nursing in the Faculty for Health and Social Care at Bournemouth University. Desi has over 30 years experience in the practice, theory and education of adult acute and critical care nursing and facilitates critical care education at both undergraduate and post graduate levels. She has a particular interest in the use of blended learning strategies in critical care undergraduate education and is involved in developing and evaluating innovative ways to facilitate student learning by adopting a practice based approach to education. Desi completed her doctorate in the study of nurses’... More About Author

Jane James

Jane James is a Senior Lecturer, module leader for acute care and Admissions Tutor in Adult Nursing at the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University. Jane's nursing career began in 1980, working in critical care and medical nursing. Her main role as a nurse tutor is in pre-registration nursing, supporting students throughout the adult programme. She has a particular involvement in clinical skills, with an emphasis on simulation and practical scenarios, and she is also module leader for specialised adult practice. She is also involved in post-registration teaching in critical care and discharge planning; and acts as... More About Author

Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams is the programme Director for undergraduate nursing at the  College of Human and Health Sciences, and has over 14  years’ experience in the practice, theory and education of postgraduate and undergraduate level. More About Author

Dave Barton

David Barton is now retired and was formerly Associate Professor and Academic Lead in the Department of Nursing, School of Human & Health Science, Swansea University. David qualified as an RGN at Kings College Hospital and then specialised in critical care nursing. He worked in Intensive Care in both Carmarthen and Swansea before becoming a Nurse Lecturer at the University of Wales Swansea in 1989. David’s academic and scholarly interests have focused particularly on advanced clinical nursing and he has worked to develop nursing networks in Wales and the UK. He is the Chair of the Association of Advanced Nursing Practice Educators ... More About Author