Critical Care Nurses

Critical Care Nurse Examines a Patient on Stretcher

Critical care nurses are specialized nurses who provide highly skilled direct patient care to critically ill patients needing intense medical treatment. Critical care nurses work not only in intensive care units (ICU) and cardiac care units (CCU) of hospitals, but also in the emergency departments, postanesthesia recovery units, pediatric intensive care units, burn units, and neonatal intensive care units of medical facilities, as well as in other units that treat critically ill patients. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Provide medical and post-surgical care for critically ill patients
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Psychology
Experience Several years experience as a registered nurse
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Registered Nurse

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