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Does a critical care nurse work in the ICU?

Prof. Deborah Hunt
Critical Care Nursing
A critical care nurse works in an ICU (Intensive Care Unit). A critical care nurse receives extensive training in the care of critically ill patients. This training includes  EKG interpretation, hemodynamic assessment and monitoring, care of the patient on a ventilator, care of the patient in shock, review of critical care drugs, IV therapy, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and any specific information need to care for patients on that particular unit.
Juliet Wilkinson
Oncology Nursing
Actually, a critical care nurse can work wherever a registered nurse is needed -- they are, at the core, still registered nurses. However, the advanced skills and training these nurses possess makes them qualified to work in intensive care units (ICU), emergency rooms, trauma units and even the cardiac catheterization laboratory. They may migrate into hemodialysis, where their hemodynamic and patient assessment skills will benefit the patient with renal failure or work as clinical educators (pending they have a bachelor's in science) to teach the new generation of nurses. The availability and application of nursing positions are only as limited as the person holding the license.
Deb Cordes
Deb Cordes on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

A critical care nurse can work in the intensive care unit (ICU), in the cardiac care unit (CCU) or the emergency room. The skills and knowledge that a critical care nurse has can apply to any area of the hospital that cares for patients who are very ill. Nurses can specialize in either critical care for adults or critical care for infants and children.

 

Lisa Moment
Lisa Moment on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Nursing

Critical care nurses work in a variety of settings. While many critical care nurses work in the intensive care units, some critical care nurses work in emergency departments and procedural areas such as the cath lab or interventional radiology. Critical care nurses can also be part of rapid response teams or code teams that respond to emergent situations throughout the hospital.

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