High Acuity Nursing

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Prentice-Hall, 2001 - Medical - 1042 pages

A supplement for a variety of junior/senior-level courses in Critical Care or Advanced Med-Surg Nursing courses and others throughout the nursing curriculum.

Written by practicing nurses in acute care, this text provides students with a basic understanding of complex patients and the ability to provide nursing care across a variety of settings by using a series of reality-based, self-paced, self-contained modules that focus on multiple system problems frequently encountered in working with high acuity patients. Using a "nuts and bolts" approach, it addresses essentials by using examples, analogies, and metaphors; focuses on concepts and principles that can be applied across practice settings and patient populations; and includes nursing diagnoses. The modules progress from simple to complex and contain pretests and posttests with answers, learning objectives, glossary, abbreviations, and review questions and answers.

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PAMELA KIDD is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Nursing at Arizona State University. She is the former Director of the KY Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Kentucky. Pam is also a Family Nurse Practitioner who works in a mobile health service. A working mother of a 6 year old and a 21 year old, she knows firsthand about stress-related illness and injury prevention across the lifespan!

KATHLEEN WAGNER is a Lecturer in the Undergraduate Program in the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky. Her background is as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in adult critical care, with over 15 years of experience in diverse critical care and high-acuity settings and 20 years as a nurse educator. As a nurse educator, she teaches patho-physiology and high-acuity nursing. She is also a doctoral student in the College of Education, studying Instructional Systems Design.

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