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Emergency Care

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

Last updated: 23/01/2024

Key Resources

Youd J and Crawford I (2020) Nursing workforce standards for type 1 emergency departments. Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
Royal College of Nursing Emergency Care Association (2017) National curriculum and competency framework. Emergency nursing (level 1), London: RCN. 
Royal College of Nursing Emergency Care Association (2017) National curriculum and competency framework. Emergency nursing (level 2), London: RCN. 
Publication cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Maximising nursing skills in caring for children and young people in emergency care settings. London: RCN.
Care Quality Commission (2022) Project reset in emergency medicine: Patient FIRST.
CC3N (2018) Step Competency Framework.
Royal College of Physicians (2017) National Early Warning Score (NEWS) 2. London: RCP
The Shelford Group: Safer nursing care tool
We would like to thank the RCN Emergency Care 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 Buettner J (2017) Essentials for the A&E nurse: emergency department orientation in a nutshell. New York: Springer.
Book cover Clarke D and Malecki-Ketchell A (eds.) (2016) Nursing the acutely ill adult: priorities in assessment and management. 2nd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Book Cover Crouch R, Charters A, Dawood M and Bennett P (eds.) (2016) Oxford handbook of emergency nursing. 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Book Cover Dutton H and Finch J (2018) Acute and critical care nursing at a glance. Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell.
Book Cover Harrison R and Daly L (2019) A nurse's survival guide to acute medical emergencies. 3rd edn. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Book Cover Hickman R, Alfes C and Fitzpatrick J (eds.) (2018) Handbook of clinical nursing: critical and emergency care nursing. New York: Springer.
Book Cover Shamil E, Ravi P and Mistry D (2017) 100 cases in emergency medicine and critical care. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
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Tait D, James J, Williams C and Barton D (2022) Acute and critical care in adult nursing. 3rd edn. Learning Matters, London.

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