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    So, I will be starting nursing school in August and when I graduate I think I want to pursue critical care work. It seems that critical care nurses are more respected than the typical floor nurse, at least that is how it is in the hospital where I work as an aide. And it also seems to open up more doors for future opportunities. From what I understand, critical care nursing requires quicker response time in many situations, better critical thinking skills, ability to deal with families under extreme stress, etc. Can anyone elaborate further on the necessary skills needed for CCU work? Also, pros/cons, and any deal breakers (i.e., “you should definitely NOT become a CCU nurse if you don’t like/can’t do ____”).


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    Hi Emmyloo85,

    First of all, Critical care nursing is a complex and challenging nurse specialty to which many RNs aspire. Also known as ICU nurses, critical care nurses use their advanced skills to care for patients who are critically ill and at high risk for life-threatening health problems.

    Keep in mind that when a patient has suffered a heart attack, stroke, shock, severe trauma, respiratory distress or other severe medical issue, it is vital that they receive immediate and intensive nursing care. Critical care nurses are adept at providing such care in settings where patients can be given complex assessments and treatment. Critical care nurses may also care for pre- and post-operative patients. In addition, some serve as case managers and policy makers, while others perform administrative duties.

    Lastly, you should have the passion in everything that you do and after finishing Nursing school, if you still feel that being a Critical Care Nurse is what you truly desire then go for it! 🙂 I hope this helps.

    Best of Luck!


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