Critical Care Nursing

Critical Care Nursing
The job of a critical care nurse is a demanding one, with long hours on your feet, heavy lifting to move critically ill patients who cannot move themselves, and a high-stress environment due to the fact that all of your patients are critically ill.

What it takes to be a Critical Care Nurse

The best Critical care nurses have a very calm personality, with the ability to think quickly in stressful situations, and the ability to empathize with a patient and their family without allowing that empathy to prevent them from doing their job.

Education Requirements

The path to becoming a critical care nurse involves first obtaining your RN license. This is done by taking a nursing degree at any accredited nursing college, writing the NCLEX-RN exam, and gaining at least a couple of years of nursing experience. Next, you should get a master’s degree in critical care nursing – this can be done by completing an RN to MSN program through any accredited nursing program. Then you will need to take the Pediatric Advanced Life Support course, as well as the Advanced Cardiac Life Support course. You will need good computer skills and at least some training in medical software, as well as training in operating medical equipment such as ultrasound machines, respirators, traction systems, and many other types of equipment. It also helps if you work in intensive care units, emergency rooms, and burn centers and observe and assist the critical care nurses whenever you get the opportunity, so that you can learn as much about the job as possible.

Once you have obtained the necessary education to become a critical care nurse, you will be able to apply for that type of job. You will always need to keep up with your education, though, because as advances in critical care medicine are made, you will need to change your methods to align with the newest best practice. Continuing medical education is a necessity in a field of endeavor that changes as fast as critical care medicine.