Critical Care Nurses

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Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), ICU Nurse (Intensive Care Unit Nurse), Staff Nurse

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What they do:
Provide specialized nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.
On the job, you would:
  • Evaluate patients' vital signs or laboratory data to determine emergency intervention needs.
  • Monitor patients for changes in status and indications of conditions such as sepsis or shock and institute appropriate interventions.
  • Administer medications intravenously, by injection, orally, through gastric tubes, or by other methods.



  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling


  • customer service

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • psychology


Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions



  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software

  • eClinicalWorks EHR software Hot Technology
  • Epic Systems Hot Technology

Cloud-based data access and sharing software

  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft SharePoint Hot Technology

Information retrieval or search software

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses AACN Medicopeia
  • PEPID RN Critical Care RNCC


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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