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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: 10/08/2018

Key Resources

Critical Care Network National Nurse Leads (2015) National competency framework for adult critical care nurses, (no place): CC3N.
Cochrane systematic reviews: Anaesthesia, Critical and Emergency Care Group
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (2016) Guidelines for the provision of intensive care services, London: Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.
Cochrane systematic reviews: Anaesthesia, Critical and Emergency Care Group
  • Please check that guidance is applicable for your country.
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.
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

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.
Hickman handbook Hickman R (2018) Handbook of clinical nursing: critical and emergency care nursing, New York: Springer.
Parsons critical care secrets Parsons P (2018) Critical care secrets (6th edition), Amsterdam: 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.
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.
Sole - Intro Sole M, Klein D and Moseley M (2016) Introduction to critical care nursing (7th edition), 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 - 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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