Critical Care Nursing: Goals & Competencies

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How does Critical Care Nursing approach the care of critically ill patients?

With a holistic approach, considering biological, psychological, cultural, and spiritual dimensions

What is a goal of Critical Care Nursing according to the text?

Promote optimal delivery of safe and quality care to critically ill patients and their families

What is included in the goals of Critical Care Nursing regarding complications?

Prevention, early detection, and treatment of complications using advanced technology

What does Critical Care Nursing provide in situations where patients' health status is progressing to unavoidable death?

Palliative care to help patients and families through the painful process

Critical Care Nursing aims to provide the same care to all patients regardless of their diagnosis or clinical setting.

True

Critical Care Nursing does not use advanced technology for prevention, early detection, and treatment of complications.

False

The primary focus of Critical Care Nursing is to provide comfort care to critically ill patients.

False

Critical Care Nursing aims to provide highly individualized care to the critically ill patients and their families.

True

The goals of Critical Care Nursing do not include considering the patient’s biological, psychological, cultural, and spiritual dimensions.

False

Study Notes

Critical Care Nursing Definition

  • Critical care nursing practice occurs at the interface of the nurse with the patient and family in an environment that requires humanism and compassion.
  • The provision of holistic nursing care is the reason for "Nursing" in any setting.
  • "Critical" is characterized by actual or potential crises for the recipients of nursing care.
  • Critical care nursing deals with human responses to life-threatening problems.

1984 Definition by AACN

  • Critical care nursing is a specialty within nursing that deals specifically with human responses to life-threatening problems.
  • The basis of the definition rests with the words "human responses".
  • Critical care nurses are involved in dealing with the total human being and their response to actual and potential health problems.

Nurse's Role

  • Critical care nurses are involved in prevention as well as cure.
  • They deal with human responses to actual and potential health problems, considering the whole person, not just the illness.

Test your knowledge about the goals, components, and nurse's competencies in critical care nursing. Explore the importance of humanism, compassion, and holistic nursing care in a high-tech environment.

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