Nursing has a wide array of information. As in any medical field, nursing requires continues education and updates both of the basics and the new. Expertise in providing appropriate care and the realization that every second counts are vital to saving a life. Reading books is a practical way to cultivate knowledge and skills.
Reading “Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy” is a fun way to study. It presents facts in a manner that is easy to understand with pictures to illustrate more details. It has ten chapters arranged per body system. It also covers critical care and ethics issues.
In the first chapters of this fact-and-fun loaded book are the basic information needed by critical care nurses to perform their responsibilities. It describes the different roles of the nurse in providing care. The succeeding chapters focus on interconnected topics like organ systems, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic examinations and results, treatment, nursing interventions and concerns.
The book is able to fully explain each disease process and each diagnostic procedure related to the topics described.
The book provides steps on proper assessment of signs and symptoms to arrive to the proper diagnosis.
Pathophysiology is discussed in a concise and clear manner. Diagnostic and surgical procedures are further explained. It gives information on what the procedure is, its indications and the nursing considerations. It shows how to prepare the patient before, during and after the procedure.
Tables that explain the action of certain medications, adverse effects and nursing considerations are also available. Readers will never get bored with this book because of different logos that attract attention. These logos serve as guide to vital information. The Senior moment portion are guidelines on how to care for ill geriatric patients. Take charge! are sidebars that point out potentially lethal situations and steps to take when they occur. Advice from the experts provides tips and tricks by other critical care nurses who are experts in their field.
At the end of each chapter are quick quizzes wherein the reader can test his or her knowledge regarding what has been read. Glossary of terms is also present in the appendices. Browsing for a certain topic is not a hard thing to do because of the index located at the back.
What makes this book really incredible is that it is able to make learning easy and enjoyable despite the difficulty of the topic it teaches. This book is a very useful reference for student nurses, registered nurses and professors alike.
John M Clochesy, Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy