Ch 1: Critical Care Nursing Essentials

About This Chapter

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
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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

A critical care nurse is in charge of patients that have life-threatening medical problems. Learn about the definition of a critical care nurse, and explore the principles of critical care nursing.

Critical Care Nurse: Qualities, Skills & Roles

3. Critical Care Nurse: Qualities, Skills & Roles

A critical care nurse is one who works with critically ill patients in different areas, such as the intensive care unit or trauma unit. Learn about some of the qualities and skills of a critical care nurse, as well as some of the roles in which you may find them.

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 is the process of caring for patients with life-threatening healthcare issues. Learn about critical care nursing care plans, understand the different types of critical care, and recognize the importance of nursing care plans to provide vital support for critical care patients.

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

In critical care nursing, there are patients that need specialized care and this may be different for each one depending on the severity of their illness. Study what a critically ill patient is through various scenarios and case studies.

Ethical Issues in Critical Care Nursing

11. Ethical Issues in Critical Care Nursing

There are ethical issues in critical care nursing that must be dealt with constantly. Explore ethical issues in critical care nursing, including palliative care, withdrawing care, advanced directives, living wills, and the medical power of attorney.

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken
More Exams
There are even more practice exams available in Critical Care Nursing Essentials.
Support