Hi phantom - um, actually, aren't you on my list? Anyhow - you might look at a website I set up containing a number of peer-reviewed (that's to say "real-nurse" reviewed) articles on critical care. Hopefully helpful. www.geocities.com/markhammerschmidt
Oct 13, '01
I can see I'm a little outdated here, but a good quick reference book I found is called Fast Facts for Adult Critical Care. You can look at it, and buy it at www.kathywhite.com
I have it, and when I bring it to work, everyone asks how they can get it too!
Jan 8, '02
I am also starting out in ICU after working in Tele. I use Kathy White's Fast Facts at work for quick reference. It has a ton of useful info. For an indepth textbook, I have Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis & Management by Thelan, Urden, Lough and Stacy. I keep it at home but am always looking up information (esp. pathophys) It always has the answer for me. Good luck.
Jan 9, '02
Thank you for your recommendations. I did pick up a couple of books that I like.......
Quick reference to Critical Care by Diepenbrock,
A review book called:
Critical care certification by Ahrens
I have the aacn's book on critical care review, while it is loaded with info it is laid out in a outine format which I dont like. The Ahrens book is laid out kind of like a text, but I dont have to read all the garbage to get to the meat of the topic.
But of course I have read all of Mark's files at least once. Some several times. They are very good.
Jan 12, '02
Hello, I switched to ICU a year ago, and also bought the fast facts book which I carry along with a current drug book, it seems like there are new drugs every week. We are lucky enough to have as our nurse educator someone who is an author of a Mosby's Critical Care text. It's called Critical Care Nursingiagnosis and Management. It's pretty well laid out, and seems to cut to the chase without a lot of filler
Feb 6, '02
When I first got into critical care I was given a book called"High Acuity Nursing". The authors are Kidd and Wagner. I found it to be very helpful. Another good book to try if you want something a little more intense is "Pass CCRN" by Robin Donohue Dennison. Either one is really good. Good luck.
Mar 15, '02
My vote for a favourite textbook is Thelan's "Critical Care Nursing - Diagnosis and Management". Several critical care orientation programs use this text as their reference for new staff .