Critical Care Nursing DeMYSTiFieD by Cynthia Terry, Aurora Weaver

By Cynthia Terry, Aurora Weaver

Comprises greater than 250 NCLEX-style questions. easy sufficient for college students, yet advanced sufficient for RNs operating in severe care, serious care nursing demystified is a reader-friendly, centred assessment of the necessities of this tough topic. The publication comprises studying goals, key words, and NCLEX-style questions on the finish of every bankruptcy. Featured studying pursuits are brought in each one bankruptcy, and then Read more...


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Further education is one of the ways we can keep current and improve practice. Mandatory continuing education has also created much angst among those nurses who are near retirement age or considering retirement. To them, this mandate for additional educational credits has created a financial burden unpaid for by employers due to the current economic downturn. As a result of these new mandates, such individuals have decided to surrender their licenses and become inactive participants in nursing.

C. pCO2 – The measure of partial pressure of CO2 dissolved in arterial blood plasma. Normal value is 35 to 45 mm Hg. This value reflects the effectiveness of ventilation in relation to the metabolic rate or an indication of whether the patient can ventilate well enough to rid the body of the CO2 produced as a result of metabolism. A value ⇑50 mm Hg indicates ventilatory failure. A value ⇓35 mm Hg defines respiratory alkalosis created by alveolar hyperventilation. d. HCO3 – The bicarbonate level indicates the acid-base component of kidney function.

Observe for clues to current health and emotional status during the interview. Example: tearful, angry, or evasive with responses. Question social and family history such as occupational conditions, diet, medications, recreational drug use, alcohol or tobacco use, and previous medical/surgical history. Inspection Observe the patientʼs general state of health and respiratory distress pattern. Inadequate nutrition and physical appearance (such as muscular atrophy, kyphosis, barrel chest) should also be noted.

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