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Critical Care Nurse

Career Highlights

  • Safeguard the quality of care patients receive
  • Intercede for patients who can not speak for themselves.

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Career Summary

Critical Care Nurses serve as specialty care advocates for patients in various areas of the hospital, such as Emergency Rooms, Cardiac Care Units and Pediatric Units.

Critical Care Nurses are leaders in nursing, serving as a powerful conduit between the doctors and the patients. They need to be sensitive and caring toward those who are suffering, and at the same time bold in being sure the patient receives the best health care.

It is also important that critical care nurses constantly build relationships to demonstrate credibility with others. They do this by listening to others' perspectives and maintaining boundaries in their relationships.

All of these skills help the critical care registered nurse (CCRN) to perform duties better while working at the bedside of critically ill patients.

More information can be found via the Additional Information links below.




Must be a Registered Nurse with Critical care training and pass the certified critical care nurse (CCRNs) requirements.

The CCRN credential is awarded to critical care nurses who have met eligibility requirements, including clinical practice caring for critically ill patients, and passed the certification exam. There are separate exams that pertain to nurses who care for adult, neonatal and pediatric patients, respectively.

Career Skills

  • Respect and support the right of the patient or the patient�s designated stand-in to make informed decision making.
  • Intervene when the best interest of the patient is in question.
  • Help the patient obtain necessary care.
  • Respect the values, beliefs and rights of the patient.
  • Provide education and support to help the patient or the patient�s designated surrogate make decisions.
  • Represent the patient in accordance with the patient�s choices.
  • Intercede for patients who cannot speak for themselves in situations that require immediate action.
  • Monitor and safeguard the quality of care the patient receives.
  • Act as a liaison between the patient, the patient�s family and other healthcare professionals.

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