PeriAnesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9781416051930, 9781455710591

PeriAnesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum

2nd Edition

Preprocedure, Phase I and Phase II PACU Nursing

Authors: Lois Schick Pamela Windle
eBook ISBN: 9781455710591
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 28th October 2009
Page Count: 1488

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Written by the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), this all-in-one reference includes all of the vital information you need to succeed on the CAPA and CPAN certification exams and excel in practice. Coverage of both in-hospital and ambulatory care makes PeriAnesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum, 2nd Edition the perfect text for any care setting. Plus, new chapters on bariatric care and postoperative and postdischarge nausea and vomiting and the newest guidelines in all key clinical areas keep you up to date with the latest advances and concerns in the field.

Key Features

  • Authored by ASPAN -- the ultimate authority on scope of practice, competency, and patient care in perianesthesia nursing -- for the most reliable content available.
  • Combined perianesthesia nursing and ambulatory surgical nursing core curriculum focuses on the full scope of perianesthesia nursing regardless of the setting, making it an ideal resource for in-hospital and ambulatory practice.
  • An entire section on life span considerations addresses basic human growth and development changes for each major age group to prepare you to treat patients of any age.
  • Competency of Preoperative Assessment and Core Competencies of PACU Nursing provide the thorough coverage you need to prepare for and pass the CAPA and CPAN exams.
  • A section on surgical specialties includes detailed information for each specialty area including anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, operative procedures, postanesthesia priorities, extended observation, and potential complications including anesthesia and pain management.
  • Appendixes on certification and test-taking strategies provide outstanding tools to prepare for success on the perianesthesia certification exams.

Table of Contents

Section 1 – Professional Competencies

Chapter 1: Evolution of Peranesthesia Care

Chapter 2: Standards for Ethical Practice

Chapter 3: Patient and Family Education

Chapter 4: Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Chapter 5: Legal Issues

Section 2 – Environment of Care

Chapter 6: Practice Settings, Policies and Procedures

Chapter 7: Regulatory Agencies and Accreditation

Chapter 8: Safety

Chapter 9: Continuous Quality Improvement

Section 3 – Life Span Considerations

Chapter 10: Human Growth and Development

Chapter 11: The Pediatric Patient

Chapter 12: The Adolescent Patient

Chapter 13: The Adult Patient

Chapter 14: The Geriatric Patient

Section 4 – Competency of Preoperative Assessment

Chapter 15: Preoperative Assessment Programs

Chapter 16: History and Physical Examinations

Chapter 17: Preexisting Medical Conditions

Chapter 18: Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Chapter 19: The Mentally and Physically Challenged Patient

Chapter 20: Transcultural Nursing

Section 5 – Core Competencies of PACU Nursing

Chapter 21: Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Balance

Chapter 22: Anesthetic Agents and Adjuncts

Chapter 23: Moderate Sedation/Analgesia

Chapter 24: Thermoregulation

Chapter 25: Postoperative and Postdischarge Nausea and Vomiting  NEW!

Chapter 26: Pain and Comfort Management

Chapter 27: Hemodynamic Monitoring

Chapter 28: Perianesthesia Complications

Chapter 29: Hematologic Care

Chapter 30: PACU Phase I Discharge Criteria

Section 6 – Surgical Specialties

Chapter 31: Respiratory Care

Chapter 32: Cardiovascular Care

Chapter 33: Neurologic Care

Chapter 34: Endocrine Care

Chapter 35: Gastrointestinal Care

Chapter 36: General Care

Chapter 37: Renal/Genitourinary Care

Chapter 38: Gynecologic and Reproductive Care

Chapter 39: Obstetric Care

Chapter 40: Ophthalmologic Care

Chapter 41: Oral/Maxillofacial/Dental Care

Chapter 42: Orthopedic Care

Chapter 43: Otorhinolaryngologic Care

Chapter 44: Peripheral Vascular Care

Chapter 45: Plastic and Reconstructive Care

Chapter 46: Podiatric Care

Chapter 47: Trauma Care

Chapter 48: Bariatric Care NEW!

Chapter 49: Special Procedures

Section 7 – Ambulatory Surgical Nursing Competencies

Chapter 50: Immediate Postoperative Assessment and Postanesthesia Assessment Phase II

Chapter 51: Patient Discharge Education in Phase II Setting

Chapter 52: Discharge Planning: Extended Observation, Home and Follow-up Care

Appendix A: Certification of Perianesthesia Nurses: The CPAN and CAPA Certification Programs

Appendix B: Test Taking Strategies


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About the Author

Lois Schick

Affiliations and Expertise

Perianesthesia Nursing Consultant, Per Diem Staff Nurse, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Wheatridge, CO

Pamela Windle

Affiliations and Expertise

Nurse Manager, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, TX