Critical Care Nurse

A Critical Care or ICU Nurse takes care of patients who are in a critical condition or recovering from a serious medical condition.
Required education
MSN
Annual average salary
Higher salary
Independent
Patient-facing
Structured
Varied
You’ll need to be able to assess patients and make decisions quickly in life or death situations.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do

Evaluation

You’ll assess and make decisions about a patient’s condition.

Communication

You’ll explain medical procedures and treatments, and give updates to your patients’ loved ones.

Treatment

You’ll monitor the critical condition of patients, which includes operating life support systems.

Where you’ll work
  • Critical care units
  • Flight units
  • Intensive care units
How to become a Critical Care Nurse

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN .

03

Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining at least two years’ experience in Critical Care.

04

Get your Clinical Nurse Leadership Certification from the Commission on Nurse Certifications.

05

You’re ready to work as a Critical Care Nurse.

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Nurses Leading Innovation
When a patient is in critical care, nurses are there through every step of their care, from performing assessments and administering therapies, to educating patient families and opening new pathways to improving patient care.
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A Gerontological Nurse Practitioner’s role is also higher salary.
A Travel Nurse is another type of emergency nurse.
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