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Cardiac Handbook


I am a neuro ICU nurse and I am looking into working in a cardiac ICU. Is there a handbook or good textbook that you have really found helpful working in CCU? Thanks in advance


Specializes in CVICU. Has 2 years experience.

When I started in CCU I always had my critical care book from nursing school with me. Read the cardiac section over and over and you'll be fine. The book I used is called Critical Care Nursing: Dx and Management by Linda D. Urden. It's also the only book I used to study for the CMC cert and it's a great reference!

I will check into it! Thank you very much!

Try this: http://fastfactsforcriticalcare.com/

I bought this mini binder as a new grad and still use it as a reference. It's not only cardiac, but has several sections for neuro, drugs, respiratory, etc. I also bought the additional sections for IABP and cardiac surgery. I believe they now have it available as a smartphone app, and it's quite a bit cheaper than the book version.

Sugarcoma, RN

Specializes in Trauma/Tele/Surgery/SICU. Has 2 years experience.

This is an excellent resource! Thank you so very much for posting this akaneo!

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

Great ICU resources!

Thank you everyone for sharing your resources...these are just what I was looking for!

this may help. Its more general ICU but I found it helpful when I was starting out. I also saved my old text from school: Lewis Medical Surgical