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Ch 1: Critical Care Nursing Essentials

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Feel confident that you understand key critical care nursing essentials with help from the engaging lessons in this chapter. Boost your knowledge of skills critical care nurses need, the priorities of critical care nursing and so much more.

Critical Care Nursing Essentials - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter is filled with lessons you can use to ensure you have a good grasp of the essentials of critical care nursing. Explore all that critical care nurses should know in the field, including their required qualities, roles and skills. Also, explore critical care nursing priorities and care plans, details about cardiac critical care nursing and more. When ready, feel free to assess your understanding of the lessons by taking short quizzes and a chapter exam. Exploring this chapter will enable you to understand the following:

  • Critically ill patient care
  • Definition, principles and roles of the critical care nurse
  • How to assess organizational structure in nursing
  • Basics of the synergy model of nursing
  • Critical care nursing diagnosis, management, scenarios and case studies
  • Ethical issues that arise in critical care nursing

LessonObjective
Care of the Critically Ill Patient Study what's required in the care of a critically ill patient.
Critical Care Nurse: Definition & Principles Define the critical care nurse, and describe the principles required of this nurse.
Critical Care Nurse: Qualities, Skills & Roles Describe the qualities, skills and roles of the critical care nurse.
Assessing Organizational Structure in Nursing Find out more about the process of assessing organizational structure in nursing.
Synergy Model of Nursing Explore the meaning and basics of the synergy model of nursing.
Critical Care Nursing Priorities Examine the priorities of critical care nursing.
Critical Care Nursing Care Plans Review specific care plans associated with critical care nursing.
Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis & Management Learn what's entailed in the diagnosis and treatment of critical care nursing.
Cardiac Critical Care Nursing Read and learn about cardiac critical care nursing.
Critical Care Nursing: Scenarios & Case Studies Discover the scenarios and case studies associated with critical care nursing.
Ethical Issues in Critical Care Nursing Take a look at some ethical issues that critical care nurses sometimes encounter.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: Critical Care Nursing Essentials
Care of the Critically Ill Patient

1. Care of the Critically Ill Patient

Critically ill patients have many variables that must be monitored, and critical care nurses must be constantly aware of processes occurring with these patients. In this lesson we'll review the basics of the care of the critically ill patient.

Critical Care Nurse: Definition & Principles

2. Critical Care Nurse: Definition & Principles

Critical care nursing is an exciting and challenging field. There are many principles of critical care nurses that contribute to the care that they provide. This lesson describes the principles of critical care nursing.

Critical Care Nurse: Qualities, Skills & Roles

3. Critical Care Nurse: Qualities, Skills & Roles

Critical care nursing is an exciting and challenging field. This lesson describes the numerous qualities, skills, and roles required of a critical care nurse.

Assessing Organizational Structure in Nursing

4. Assessing Organizational Structure in Nursing

What is organizational structure, and what does it mean as a nurse? Read further to better understand the importance of all roles in healthcare organizations.

Synergy Model of Nursing

5. Synergy Model of Nursing

In this lesson, we'll explore the AACN Synergy Model in nursing. You'll learn what the model is used for, how to apply the model in nursing care, and what the numbering system entails.

Critical Care Nursing Priorities

6. Critical Care Nursing Priorities

A critical care nurse is faced with managing the care for those patients with life-threatening medical issues. In this lesson we will discover how a critical care nurse prioritizes the care of a patient.

Critical Care Nursing Care Plans

7. Critical Care Nursing Care Plans

Critical care nursing is a demanding job for nurses. The patients are very ill and require specialized care designed by critical care nurses and established care plans depending on patient condition. In this lesson, we will review critical care nursing care plans.

Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis & Management

8. Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis & Management

Critical care nursing involves quick decisions in a fast, emergency environment. CCNs need knowledge in observation, monitoring, information sharing, teamwork, and medication safety for diagnosis and management of patients.

Cardiac Critical Care Nursing

9. Cardiac Critical Care Nursing

In this lesson we will discuss the essentials of cardiac critical care nursing. We will follow Addison, RN throughout a day in the cardiovascular recovery unit and take a look at the scenarios she is presented with and how she applies her knowledge.

Critical Care Nursing: Scenarios & Case Studies

10. Critical Care Nursing: Scenarios & Case Studies

Critical care nursing is a complicated and rewarding field in which to work. The patients are critically ill and require specialized care for the best outcomes. In this lesson, we'll review some critical care patient scenarios and case studies.

Ethical Issues in Critical Care Nursing

11. Ethical Issues in Critical Care Nursing

In this lesson we will discuss a few of the common ethical issues that critical care nurses deal with on a daily basis. We will also learn about legal documents that will help make decisions should ethical issues arise.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing: Steps & Techniques

12. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing: Steps & Techniques

This lesson will discuss Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), a structured method of treating groups of people who have gone through traumatic events. We will discuss what CISD is, the 7 key steps of CISD, and ways to prevent negative results from a CISD program.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing: Definition & History

13. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing: Definition & History

Critical incident stress debriefing, or CISD, is a method of crisis intervention that addresses the sometimes overwhelming effects of a crisis, or critical incident, on first responders. This lesson discusses the definition and history of CISD.

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