Need a good ICU book

  1. 0 Hi! I will be starting as a new ICU nurse the beginning of May. I have come from a Transitional ICU but we did not get Swans, alot of drips and CVVH....I was wondering about a good ICU book -- nursing or whatever.
    oh, and any other advice for me!
    thanks,
    Erin
  2. Visit  erinnRN profile page

    About erinnRN

    36 Years Old; Joined Apr '04; Posts: 16.

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  3. Visit  MarkHammerschmidt profile page
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    May I humbly recommend my series of free articles at www.icufaqs.org ?
    ohioSICUrn, Vbergeron, nicolelindseyj, and 28 others like this.
  4. Visit  charles-thor profile page
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    When I started in the SICU as a new grad, I found Critical Care Nursing Secrets and the AACN Handbook of Critical Care Nursing and to be of tremendous help. Do not confuse this with the Clinical Reference also published by the AACN. After you feel pretty comfortable with these, you may want to check out The ICU book by Marino and the AACN Clincal Reference. Best of luck.
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  5. Visit  RNforLongTime profile page
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    Mark's site is excellent. I would recommend as a reference book that you can carry to work with you Fast Facts for Adult Critical Care by Kathy White.It's available at www.kathywhite.com . For a larger reference text, I'd suggest Thelan's Critical Care Nursing, Diagnosis and Management by Urden, et al. ISBN 0-323-01461-5.

    For Hemodynamics, theres a great little handbook out there called, Handbook of Hemodynamic Monitoring by Gloria Darovic.

    Good luck!
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  6. Visit  movinsouth profile page
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    I work in a surgical ICU with many cardiothoracic patients. I would highly recommend "Fast Facts for Adult Critical Care". You can call and order from Kathy White Learning Systems @ 1 800 940-0895 or online @ www.kathywhite.com. This is an awesome pocket size handbook that I use daily for quick reference. You'll find it invaluable!! Good Luck.
  7. Visit  louloubell1 profile page
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    I also really like the fast facts book, and I've found it very useful. It's nice too because its a little three ring binder setup, so you can add pages of your own notes too.
  8. Visit  jaimealmostRN profile page
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    Quote from MarkHammerschmidt
    May I humbly recommend my series of free articles at www.icufaqs.org ?
    Ok, this is the best website ever! (except obviously allnurses.com). Mark, I just read all 37 pages of "Bedside Emergencies" and got some great explanations of stuff I didn't really understand from school. You and your wife did an excellent job!
  9. Visit  Havin' A Party! profile page
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    Thanks, Mark!
  10. Visit  EvelynRN-BSN profile page
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    I am a new graduate that has accepted a position in the ICU. I start in September. I am looking for really good magazine that I can order that are specific for the ICU Nurse. Does anyone know of any intensive care magazines or critical care magazines that would be good to order? I look forward to your responses.
    Thanks ahead of time.
    Evelyn
  11. Visit  CRNAStudent profile page
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    If you subscrube to the AACN, you automatically get a subscription to Critical Care Nurse, which is a good one. Go to aacn.org.



    Quote from Evelyn381
    I am a new graduate that has accepted a position in the ICU. I start in September. I am looking for really good magazine that I can order that are specific for the ICU Nurse. Does anyone know of any intensive care magazines or critical care magazines that would be good to order? I look forward to your responses.
    Thanks ahead of time.
    Evelyn
  12. Visit  lllStephanielll profile page
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    I found Swearingen's Manual of Critical Care Nursing (ISBN# 0323009980) extremely helpful. It has the condensed version of pathophys, medical treatment and excellent nursing interventions and outcomes. There is a section for cardiac dysrythmias that is really good. All of the major disease processes and conditions that you will see in the ICU are covered in an understandable manner.

    My favorite book!

    Stephanie
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  13. Visit  RNforLongTime profile page
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    I got a new handbook called Quick Reference To Critical Care by Nancy H. Diepenbrock, Second Edition. Written by a real bedside nurse. Excellent! I highly recommend it!
  14. Visit  pickledpepperRN profile page
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    I agree that this is the best I have seen:
    www.icufaqs.org

    Good to have a good textbook though. The AACN
    https://www.aacn.org/AACN/practiceAl...?opendocument#

    is a great resource. Take their classes if you can. Attend NYI is possible too.

    I found "Core Curriculum for Critical Care" very difficult when new. An experienced enthusiastic, and knowlegable instructor made all the difference for me.

    Then got to the FAQs.


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