A Critical care nurse is a nurse that provides medical care to patients that are critically ill and/or severely injured, and work towards assisting patients in their recovery and/or rehabilitation.
Most nurses that specialize in the critical care field are experienced registered nurses.
Due to the high level of required knowledge and experience that is necessary to properly treat patients undergoing critical care it is rare that a LPN/LVN would work in this type of job setting, however with proper training and experience a good LPN/LVN may be able to provide additional aid and bedside support to patients undergoing recovery.
Patients in critical care need to be treated with the utmost care do to their condition and the health/safety of their well-being is of the utmost importance.
Aside from all of the standard practices nurses must follow in treating their patients, critical care nurses must also be extremely friendly and sensitive to the emotions and needs of their patients and must be comfortable operating advanced medical machinery and technology.
Critical care nurses can be found working in a wide variety of environments including critical care facilities, emergency rooms, trauma units, pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, adult intensive care and a variety of other fields that require critical/intensive care nursing.
Nurses looking to work in the critical care field should be highly educated in their medical profession and have a proper understanding of how to provide proper assessments, care and treatments to patients in critical condition, and may want to become certified in the critical care field they want to work in.
While it isn’t necessary for nurses to take the CCRN exam to work in a critical care environment it is highly recommended.
Nurses that reside in the U.S. and choose to participate in the exam and get certified may do so through a national advisory board.
Nurses who pass the exam are recognized as highly knowledgable critical care experts and earn the respect and gratitude of their fellow colleges as experts in their field.
Becoming certified can also help nurses who are looking to advance in their career or move into a new field of nursing gain the experience they need to pursue their career path more quickly.