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Critical Care Nursing: Synergy for Optimal Outcomes

Author(s): Roberta Kaplow, PhD, APRN-CCNS, AOCNS, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia
Sonya R. Hardin, PhD, MBA, MHA, MSN, CCRN, NP-C, Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
  • ISBN-13: 9780763738631
  • ISBN-10:0763738638
  • Hardcover    778 pages      © 2007
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Need a Change for Your Critical Care Nursing Course?

Designed to help the undergraduate nursing student in a critical care rotation and for nurses new to critical care, each chapter of Critical Care Nursing has application to the AACN Synergy Model, identifying and matching patient characteristics and nurse competencies, leading to optimal patient outcomes.

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In addition to the core critical care nursing content, this unique text covers the following topics:

  • Organ donation (including care of the donor as well as the organ recipient)
  • Care of the postanesthesia patient
  • Complementary therapies
  • Common drug overdoses and poisonings
  • Palliative care and death and dying in the ICU
  • Family-focused care

The book features case studies, critical thinking questions, multiple choice NCLEX-style review questions, evidence-based online resources, and student activities.

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Features & Benefits

  • Each clinical chapter relates to the AACN Synergy Model, providing the reader with a theoretical basis for care
  • Each chapter has evidence-based online resources
  • Each clinical chapter has a case study with critical thinking questions
  • Each chapter contains student activities at the end of each chapter designed to help the student utilize the Synergy Model to patient care in the clinical setting

Applicable Courses

Critical care rotation, usually in the senior year of nursing school—offered in the department of adult and elder health.

Nursing education departments at hospitals that offer a nurse externship

Chapter 1: Implementation of the Synergy Model in Critical Care
Caring Practices
Chapter 2: Family-Focused Care
Chapter 3: Creating a Healing Environment in the ICU
Chapter 4: Pain Issues in the ICU
Chapter 5: Sleep Disturbances in the ICU

Chapter 6: Infections in the ICU

Response to Diversity
Chapter 7: Gerontologic Issues in Critical Care
Chapter 8: Cultural Issues in Critical Illness
Chapter 9:Complementary Therapies in the ICU

Clinical Judgment
Chapter 10: Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Assessment
Chapter 11: Hemodynamic Monitoring
Chapter 12: Coronary Artery Disease
Chapter 13: Hypertension
Chapter 14: Acute Coronary Syndromes
Chapter 15: Heart Failure
Chapter 16: Cardiac Assist Devices
Chapter 17: Cardiac Surgery/Transplant
Chapter 18:  Shock

Chapter 19: Vascular Disorders
Chapter 20: Respiratory Anatomy, Physiology, and Assessment
Chapter 21: Respiratory Monitoring
Chapter 22: Select Respiratory Disorders, Airway Adjuncts, and Non-invasive Ventilation
Chapter 23: Mechanical Ventilation
Chapter 24: Common Respiratory Disorders
Chapter 25: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Chapter 26: Neurologic Anatomy, Physiology, and Assessment
Chapter 27: Multimodal Neurologic Monitoring
Chapter 28: Common Neurologic Disorders
Chapter 29: Neurovascular Disorders
Chapter 30: Cerebrovascular Disorders

Chapter 31: Gastrointestinal Anatomy, Physiology, and Assessment
Chapter 32: GI Interventions
Chapter 33: Nutritional Concepts for Clinical Practice in the Critically Ill Adult
Chapter 34: GI Bleeding
Chapter 35: Hepatic Failure
Chapter 36: Hepatitis
Chapter 37: Pancreatitis

Chapter 38: Endocrine Anatomy, Physiology, and Assessment
Chapter 39: Thyroid Disorders
Chapter 40: Adrenal Disorders
Chapter 41: Pituitary Disorders
Chapter 42: Diabetic Emergencies

Chapter 43: Renal Anatomy, Physiology, and Assessment
Chapter 44: Acute Renal Failure
Chapter 45: Interventions for Renal System
Chapter 46: End-Stage Renal Disease and Renal Transplantation

Chapter 47: Oncologic Emergencies
Chapter 48: HIV/AIDS
Chapter 49: Thrombocytopenia
Chapter 50: DIC

Systems Thinking
Chapter 51: SIRS and Sepsis
Chapter 52: Burns
Chapter 53: Managing the Transition from the Hospital

Chapter 54: Recovery of the Postanesthesia Patient
Chapter 55: Trauma
Chapter 56:
Drug Overdose and Poisonings

Advocacy and Moral Agency
Chapter 57: Bioethical Issues Concerning Death in the Intensive Care Setting
Chapter 58: Organ Donation
Chapter 59: Palliative Care in the ICU




Roberta Kaplow, PhD, APRN-CCNS, AOCNS, CCRN-Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Roberta Kaplow is a clinical nurse specialist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. She has co-authored three books and numerous book chapters and articles in critical care and oncology. She has served on the AACN Board of Directors and AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors. She has served on the editorial board of Applied Nursing Research and reviews for many journal focused on critical care, oncology, research, and medical/surgical nursing. Her Ph.D. is from New York University. She is certified as a Critical Care Nurse, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Adult Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has taught in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She has also Director of the Oncology/Immunology Master’s Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist program at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing of Emory University.


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Sonya R. Hardin, PhD, MBA, MHA, MSN, CCRN, NP-C-Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

Dr. Sonya Renae Hardin is a Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in the College of Nursing at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. She has provided academic leadership for nursing administration, nursing education and nurse practitioner programs. Dr. Hardin has co-authored three books and numerous book chapters and articles in critical care, cardiovascular disease and geriatrics. She serves on several editorial boards and reviews for many journal focused on critical care and geriatrics. Her PhD is from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is certified as a Critical Care Nurse and an Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience teaching in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Her scholarship includes serving as PI on a HRSA funded Geriatric Workforce Enhance Program grant focused on improving care in rural eastern North Carolina through interprofessional education. She has served on expert panels to develop geriatric competencies and standards of care.

  • “Overall I thought it was an outstanding book. I frequently review critical care review courses for CEU's and thought the information in your publication was very well put together. Thanks for sharing it with me!”


    --Ellen Ketcherside

    Mineral Area College

    Park Hills, MO



    "The text by Kaplow & Hardin is excellent…The text is written in a plain enough way for the beginning RN ICU practitioner to follow and rapidly build their knowledge to a safe and effective level."


    --Meg Wilson, RN, MSN, Ed.D.

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Porter's Pocket Guide to Emergency and Critical Care, Ninth Edition

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