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Critical Care and Flight Nursing

A critical care nurse is ‘a registered nurse who has the right knowledge, skills, and competencies to meet the needs of a critically ill patient without direct supervision. The knowledge, skills and competencies they require to nurse critically ill patients should reflect the level of patient need, rather than being determined by the patient care environment (for example, a high dependency or intensive care unit).’ (RCN, 2003, Guidance for nursing staff in critical care). Flight nursing is the specialty concerned with nurses working in any flight setting. Use this guide to find information resources related to critical care and flight nursing including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 10/02/2021

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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COVID-19

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

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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The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and Intensive Care Society (2019) The transfer of the critically ill adult,. London: ICS.
The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (2019) Guidelines for the provision of intensive care services. 2nd edn. London: FICM.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2017) Rehabilitation after critical illness in adults: NICE quality standard QS158. London: NICE
  • NICE guidance is officially England and Wales only.
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Royal College of Nursing (2016) Revalidation for flight nurses in the UK: RCN guidance, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2016) Revalidation for flight nurses in the UK: RCN guidance, London: RCN.
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.
The UK Sepsis Trust (2019) The sepsis manual. 5th edn. Birmingham: United Kingdom Sepsis Trust.
We would like to thank the RCN Critical Care and Flight Nursing member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Peate I and Dutton H (2021) Acute nursing care: recognising and responding to medical emergencies. 2nd edn. Abingdon: Routledge. Peate I and Dutton H (2021) Acute nursing care: recognising and responding to medical emergencies. 2nd edn. Abingdon: Routledge.
Adam - critical care nursing Adam S, Osborne S, Welch J (editors) (2017) Critical care nursing: science and practice (3rd edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
 Baid H, Creed F and Hargreaves J (editors) (2016) Oxford handbook of critical care nursing (2nd edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press. Baid H, Creed F and Hargreaves J (editors) (2016) Oxford handbook of critical care nursing (2nd edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Evans oxford handbook Evans C (2016) Oxford specialist handbook of retrieval medicine, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Finch at a glance Finch J (2017) Acute and critical care nursing at a glance, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Good V and Kirkwood P L (eds.) (2018) Advanced critical care nursing.  2nd edn. St. Louis: Elsevier. Good V and Kirkwood P L (eds.) (2018) Advanced critical care nursing. 2nd edn. St. Louis: Elsevier.
Hickman handbook Hickman R (2018) Handbook of clinical nursing: critical and emergency care nursing, New York: Springer.
Parsons critical care secrets Parsons P and Wiener-Kronish J (eds.) (2018) Critical care secrets. 6th edn. Amsteram: Elsevier.
Booker K  (editor) (2015) Critical care nursing : monitoring and treatment for advanced nursing practice, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. Booker K  (editor) (2015) Critical care nursing : monitoring and treatment for advanced nursing practice, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Low A and Hulme J (editors) (2014) ABC of transfer and retrieval medicine, Chichester: BMJ Books. Low A and Hulme J (editors) (2014) ABC of transfer and retrieval medicine, Chichester: BMJ Books.
Ortiz-Ruiz G and Dueñas-Castell C (editors) (2017) Sepsis, New York: Springer. Ortiz-Ruiz G and Dueñas-Castell C (editors) (2017) Sepsis, New York: Springer.
Sole M, Klein D and Moseley M (2020) Introduction to critical care nursing. 8th ednSt. Louis: Saunders.
Urden - critical care Urden L, Stacy K and Lough M (editors) (2017) Critical care nursing: diagnosis and management (8th edition), Maryland Heights: Elsevier.

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