Pulmonary nursing is a specialty focused on the care and treatment of patients with lung disease or respiratory conditions such as asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, tuberculosis, and lung cancer. Pulmonary patients often require frequent hemodynamic monitoring, oxygen therapy, and mechanical ventilation for respiratory distress or pulmonary failure. Like other nursing specialties, a profession in pulmonary nursing requires an understanding of respiratory system anatomy and physiology, keen assessment and monitoring skills, vast knowledge about pulmonary diseases and conditions, and ongoing education related to recommended respiratory treatment options. Pulmonary nurses care for medical and surgical patients, spanning many other specialties including neonatal, pediatrics, neurology, trauma/burn, critical care and emergency to name a few.

In this Pulmonary Nursing library, we’ve assembled resources to help you provide the best care to the patients you see. Our Pocket Cards are quick references to assist you with arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis, caring for patients requiring mechanical ventilation, and patients with pneumonia.  Refer to the Guideline Summaries to learn need-to-know information from the latest recommendations. Our infographics, tips and mnemonics, and blogs are additional resources to help you during your pulmonary nursing career.

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