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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). In-flight nursing is the specialty concerned with nurses working in any in-flight setting. (RCN, 2008 Competencies: an integrated career and competency framework for in-flight nurses). Use this guide to find information resources related to critical care and in-flight nursing including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 05/05/2017

Key Resources

Critical Care Network National Nurse Leads (2015) National competency framework for adult critical care nurses, (no place): CC3N.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2015) Rehabilitation after critical illness: NICE pathway, London: NICE.
  • NICE guidance is officially England only.
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Competencies: an integrated career and competency framework for in-flight nurses Royal College of Nursing (2008) Competencies: an integrated career and competency framework for in-flight nurses, London: RCN.
In-flight medicines: guidance for management and administration Royal College of Nursing (2011) In-flight medicines: guidance for management and administration, London: RCN.
Nursing on the move: specialist nursing for patients requiring, repatriation and retrieval Royal College of Nursing (2013) Nursing on the move: specialist nursing for patients requiring, repatriation and retrieval, London: RCN.
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 (2013) Acute care toolkit 6: the medical patient at risk, London: RCP.
Scottish Intensive Care Society (2015) Audit of critical care in Scotland 2015 (no place): SICS.
Scottish Intensive Care Society Quality Improvement Group (2012) Quality indicators for critical care, in Scotland, Edinburgh: SICS.
We would like to thank the RCN Critical Care and In-Flight Nursing member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

 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.
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.
Coughlin, M (2014) Transformative nursing in the NICU: trauma-informed age-appropriate care, New York: Springer. Coughlin, M (2014) Transformative nursing in the NICU: trauma-informed age-appropriate care, New York: Springer.
Khardori N (2014) Sepsis: diagnosis, management and health outcomes, New York: Nova Biomedical. Khardori N (2014) Sepsis: diagnosis, management and health outcomes, New York: Nova Biomedical.
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.
Marik P (2015) Evidence-based critical care (3rd edition), Cham: Springer. Marik P (2015) Evidence-based critical care (3rd edition), Cham: Springer.
Marino P (2014) The ICU book, Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. Marino P (2014) The ICU book, Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
Sole M, Klein D and Moseley M (2013) Introduction to critical care nursing, St. Louis: Saunders. Sole M, Klein D and Moseley M (2013) Introduction to critical care nursing, St. Louis: Saunders.
 Stuben U (editor) (2010) Handbook of aviation medicine and inflight medical emergencies, Berlin: MWV. Stuben U (editor) (2010) Handbook of aviation medicine and inflight medical emergencies, Berlin: MWV.
 Urden L, Stacy K and Lough M (editors) (2015) Priorities in critical care nursing, St. Louis: Mosby. Urden L, Stacy K and Lough M (editors) (2015) Priorities in critical care nursing, St. Louis: Mosby.

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