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Essentials of Nursing Critically Ill Adults

Essentials of Nursing Critically Ill Adults

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October 2021 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
An essential guide to critical care nursing that includes all the key scientific knowledge and procedures you will need to know when entering the critical care environment.

Written by a dedicated team of lecturers and practitioners with extensive experience in critical care nursing, this textbook covers all the key elements involved in nursing critically ill adults, with individual chapters on managing problems associated with different organ systems and the pathophysiology behind these disorders. It also features coverage of psychological care and infection prevention, and includes a consistent focus on the importance of a person centred, evidence-based approach to critical care delivery.

To further support your learning, the book is full of activities that enhance your knowledge and test your understanding, including clinical case studies, critical thinking tasks, and reflective practice exercises. For lecturers and instructors, there is a collection of online resources including a testbank of multiple-choice questions, links to relevant videos for each chapter, and PowerPoint slides for each chapter.

The ideal textbook for nursing students studying critical care, undertaking clinical placements in intensive care, or nurses new to the critical care environment.
Chapter 1: The history and development of critical care nursing - Samantha Freeman
Chapter 2: Humanising critical care - Samantha Freeman
Chapter 3: Critical care continuum - Samantha Freeman and Sally Moore
Chapter 4: Infection prevention and control in critical care - Mark Cole
Chapter 5: Critical Care related to the Respiratory system - Colin Steen, Sam Freeman and Greg Bleakley
Chapter 6: Critical Care related to the Cardiac system - Colin Steen
Chapter 7: Critical Care related to systemic inflammatory response - Colin Steen
Chapter 8: Critical Care related to the renal and liver systems - Greg Bleakley and Samantha Freeman
Chapter 9: Complex Case SCENARIO 1 - Samantha Freeman, Emily Brennan and Sally Moore
Chapter 10: Critical Care Related to the Gastrointestinal System - Claire Burns
Chapter 11: Critical Care related to Neurology physiology and disorders - Greg Bleakley and Mark Cole
Chapter 12: Critical Care related to the Skin and Integumentary System - Claire Burns
Chapter 13: Complex Case SCENARIO 2 - Greg Bleakley
Chapter 14: Critical Care related to women during pregnancy and childbirth - Gill Singleton and Kim Wilcock
Chapter 15: The psychological care of the critically ill - Samantha Freeman
Chapter 16: Supporting those at the end of life in critical care - Karen Heggs
Chapter 17: Rehabilitation after Critical Illness - Sally Moore and Samantha Freeman


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Ideal text for anyone new to critical care nursing, as it covers the key aspects involved in nursing the critically ill patient. Nursing students will also find this an engaging read; the included activities will help to consolidate their learning.

Ms Lesley Andrews
Nursing, University of the Highlands And Islands
August 8, 2022

This is more focused for post registration nursing practice, We will add this to another course reading list when up and running 2022-23

Mrs Joanne Learney
Department of Health Studies, University of Suffolk
November 12, 2021

Samantha Freeman

Sam Freeman, RN, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE, SFHEA, RNT, is a senior lecturer in adult nursing and the Director of Postgraduate Taught Education for Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Manchester. Sam has nearly 30 years experience in critical care and nurse education. Clinically, she worked in adult critical care where she was the department’s lead on clinical audit. As an Advanced Life Support Instructor, she supported the education of the team via a bespoke intermediate life support programme. Sam has a particular interest in exploring how we best support those waking in the critical care environment. Sam’s... More About Author

Colin Steen

Colin Steen, RN, MSc., PGCertEd., SFHEA, RNT, is a Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Manchester and has specialised in acute and critical care for over 35 years. He has a wide experience of general, paediatric and neonatal intensive care but specialises in adult cardiothoracic critical care including heart, lung and heart/lung transplantation, ECMO and differential lung ventilation. He has worked as a research nurse in the development of drugs to control sepsis. He has a Masters degree in Health Sciences, holds a PGCert in higher education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has collaborated with the... More About Author

Gregory Bleakley

Dr Greg Bleakley RN, D.Prof, PGCE, BSc (Hons), DipN, Adv.Cert (Critical Care), RNT, FHEA, started training as an adult nurse during the 1990’s. Clinically, he worked in acute areas of nursing including Critical Care. He has a diploma, bachelor’s degree, and doctorate in nursing. Greg also completed the university advanced certificate in critical care nursing as part of his first degree. In 2007, Greg was appointed as a Band 8a Regional Donor Transplant Co-ordinator / Specialist Nurse - Organ Donation. Greg started his clinically focused doctorate in 2012 whilst working in practice, graduating in 2018 with a thesis entitled “A grounded... More About Author

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