July 26, 2011

Book Recommendations | Progressive Care Units!

AACN Essentials of Progressive Care Nursing 
ISBN: 0071664432 | 978-0071664431

I start working on my floor next week and I will have actual patients, no more clinicals! My training program works like this: 1st week = you have one patient, 2nd week = you have two patients, and you build up to a regular four patient workload. I'm so nervous because I was previously an ICU nurse technician. I'm not sure if that previous experience will translate, since the patient population and acuity levels are different. Yes, I came from a Multi-System ICU... so going to a Multi-System PCU shouldn't be that bad, but you never know. So to ease my mind and to find out what disease processes I will be interacting with, I purchased this really amazing, detailed book called: AACN Essentials of Progressive Care Nursing. The book features foundations such as focused assessments, interpreting x-rays and hemodynamics. It extends into diseases such as ARF, respiratory failure, sepsis and seizures. This book has it all! It's helped me to familiarize myself with my patient population plus, it provides me with tips and tricks I haven't learned yet. On top is everything, it has extensive information on medications... amazing book!