Abstract W P361: The Little Red Book: Down and Dirty
The complexity of nursing care and increasing acuity of patients places demands on the ability of nurses to make critical decisions regarding patient care. In a Comprehensive Stroke Center, which admits 1200-1300 stroke patients annually, the nurses in the neuroscience intensive care unit (NICU) are challenged to provide excellent care to the critical patients who experienced massive hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes. Easy access to educational material was needed for the NICU nurses. The process improvement team in the neuroscience intensive care unit decided to develop a RN-based reference book modeled after the material the physicians had been using for years. The result is the Neuroscience ICU Red Book, a pocket guide which provides essential neuroscience and intensive care information at the fingertips of the NICU nurse. The Red Book provides comprehensive neurology, cardiology, respiratory, and pharmacology material in a matter that is not overwhelming, visually pleasing and easily understood. This Red Book has been proven beneficial for new and experienced NICU nurses, and every new staff member receives a book at the time of hire. The evidence based material contained is updated biannually; the nurses provide feedback on the topics and information needed to keep the guide useful and meaningful. The use of the Red Book in the neuroscience ICU has been highlighted as a Best Practice within the organization and similar pocket guides are being developed on the neuroscience nursing divisions.
Author Disclosures: R.M. Donnelly: None. J. Burns: None.
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