I am about to transfer to my hospital's(which is a level 1 trauma center) trauma/burn ICU. I've been a nurse for 2 years in a surgical ICU stepdown unit so I was wondering if anyone could give suggestions on books about trauma/burn or critical care in general. It's going to be a little of an adjustment dealing with those patients. Prefereably something not very wordy and easy to understand. Thanks!
Feb 15, '12
Read Burn Unit: Saving Lives After the Flames by Barbara Ravage. I read this when I was in clinicals at the University of Iowa Burn Unit and it is absolutely FANTASTIC if you want a background on burn care and how much it has evolved over the years. Otherwise, my unit has a great orientation book with tons of information in it. Good luck and I hope you love it. I loved working the burn unit, especially the tub room where we cleaned the wounds. I know that not a lot of people liked that area, but it was great because you really got to see how well the patients would heal. Plus, it felt like I got to work with all the patients instead of only a few.
Feb 23, '12
I love that book! Made me add burn nurse to possible dream specialties
Mar 7, '12
Burn units are amazing places. I'd love to work at Shriners in Cincinnati, or another strict burn unit. I worked for a little bit at the University of Iowa in their burn unit but the commute became prohibitive. I miss that place like crazy because I loved the tub room where a LOT of the wound care took place.I work trauma now and still volunteer to take the burn patients we get.
Mar 9, '12
"Total Burn Care" is a great book for learning more about the burn process and wound care. Its a little pricey, but I personally think it is worth it. It has some great pictures and goes more in depth with burn patho and complications. Great investment.