Critical Care Nurses


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+7.2% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Critical Care Nurses Do

Provide specialized nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.

Other Job Titles Critical Care Nurses May Have

Certified Critical Care Nurse, Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), ICU Critical Care NP (Intensive Care Unit Critical Care Nurse Practitioner), ICU Nurse (Intensive Care Unit Nurse), Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse (ICU RN), Newborn ICU RN (Newborn Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse), Nurse, Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Staff Nurse

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

NICU Nurse ,

Fairview Ridge

On a typical day, I wake up roughly about 7 am every day and get ready for the day. I go to morning classes either online or in person on certain days. On days that I work mostly in the afternoon, I go to work, clock in and check in with co-workers, and then on patients. I check vitals and take blood sometimes. After, I do some charting. I do a lot of walking and I stay hydrated all day because it's important.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Prioritize nursing care for assigned critically ill patients, based on assessment data or identified needs.
  • Monitor patients' fluid intake and output to detect emerging problems, such as fluid and electrolyte imbalances.
  • Conduct pulmonary assessments to identify abnormal respiratory patterns or breathing sounds that indicate problems.
  • Compile and analyze data obtained from monitoring or diagnostic tests.
  • Administer medications intravenously, by injection, orally, through gastric tubes, or by other methods.

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