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Critical Care and Flight Nursing

Use this guide to find information resources about critical care and flight nursing including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 23/01/2024

RCN Learning

RCN: Introducing critical care
  • This programme will provide the participant with resources to support an introduction to critical care for the nursing and midwifery workforce. It is free for everyone to access.
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RCN: COVID-19 (coronovirus)
Gould D and Purssell E (2021) RCN Independent review of guidelines for the prevention and control of Covid-19 in health care settings in the United Kingdom: evaluation and messages for future infection-related emergency planning. London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (no date) RCN position on self-isolation of in-flight nursing crews. London: RCN.

Key Resources

The UK Sepsis Trust: Clinical tools
Critical Care Network National Nurse Leads (2015) National competency framework for registered nurses in adult critical care (Step competency framework), (no place): CC3N.
Cochrane systematic reviews: Browse by topic
  • Systematic reviews from the Cochrane Library. Topics include pain and anaesthesia
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Intensive Care Society and The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (2019) The transfer of the critically ill adult. London: ICS.

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (2022) Guidelines for the provision of intensive care services. Version 2.1. London: FICM.

Royal College of Physicians (2017) National Early Warning Score (NEWS) 2: Standardising the assessment of acute-illness severity in the NHS. Updated report of a working party. London: RCP.
We would like to thank the RCN Critical Care and Flight Nursing member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.


Book cover Peate I and Dutton H (2021) Acute nursing care: recognising and responding to medical emergencies. 2nd edn. Abingdon: Routledge.
Book cover Adam S, Osborne S, Welch J (editors) (2017) Critical care nursing: science and practice (3rd edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Book cover Baid H, Creed F and Hargreaves J (editors) (2016) Oxford handbook of critical care nursing (2nd edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Book cover Evans C (2016) Oxford specialist handbook of retrieval medicine, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Book cover Finch J (2017) Acute and critical care nursing at a glance, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Book cover Good V and Kirkwood P L (eds.) (2018) Advanced critical care nursing. 2nd edn. St. Louis: Elsevier.
Book cover Hickman R (2018) Handbook of clinical nursing: critical and emergency care nursing, New York: Springer.
Book cover Parsons P and Wiener-Kronish J (eds.) (2018) Critical care secrets. 6th edn. Amsteram: Elsevier.
Sole M L, Klein D G, Moseley M J, Makic M B F and Morata L T (2021) Introduction to critical care nursing. 8th edn. St. Louis: Elsevier.
Book cover Tait D, Williams C, Barton D and James J (2022) Acute and critical care in adult nursing. 3rd edn. London: Learning Matters.
Urden L, Stacy K and Lough M (eds.) (2022) Critical care nursing: diagnosis and management. 9th ed. Maryland Heights: Elsevier.

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Journal articles

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Journals of interest for continence care. Use these links to see details of availability.


Critical care reviews : newsletter, meeting presentations, studies, review articles, guidelines and more
The bottom line: summaries and critiques of landmark papers on critical care
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