All nurses are educators, so yes, the critical care nurse can answer questions about illness. Additionally, critical care nurses are specialists in illnesses common on critical care units. If you are asking questions about illnesses that are not often seen on a critical care unit, the nurses expertise may be limited. Asking a specialist in the disease that you have questions about is the best way to get accurate information.
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Niamh van Meines, Nursing, answered
Yes, your critical care nurse can answer questions about your illness. A nurse that works in critical care has had extra training and obtained advanced skills to provide the necessary care that you need. Your critical care nurse will be a good resource to answer your questions and work with your physician to make sure you have all the information you need.
Yes, critical care nurses can often answer questions you have about your illness. They are part of the critical care team and are intimately involved in the care of their patients. They are very knowledgeable about critical illness. They also have vital information on health improvement. Most nurses will tell you if they feel a question is better answered by a physician or can help you figure out what questions to ask a physician.