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A 31-year-old member asked:

do nurses have to be certified in critical care to work in the icu?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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No: Training in critical care is a must for rns who work there, but a special certification can be obtained (ccrn) which denotes advanced training and expertise. Rn's have to pass a special test to get this qualification and only a minority of critical care rn's have it.
Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 24 years experience
Certification: Each state and each hospital has its' own set of requirements for nurses to work in an intensive care unit. To find out more about this you can contact your state board of nursing or the hospital in question.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can a critical care nurse work in a trauma unit?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Yes: Most icu's have the capacity to handle trauma and critical care nurses usually have plenty of experience managing these patients. There are some icu's that specialize specifically in trauma, but they also use critical care nurses.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What exactly does a critical care nurse do?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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A lot!: Monitor the patient's vital signs and assess for any changes. Administer medications and check dosages and interactions. Clean the patient inside and out; turn the patient. Monitor life saving equipment. Change dressings sterilely and control all tubes, lines and catheters. Communicate with all other members of the care team. Provide comfort to the patient and their families and keep them informed.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Why are critical care nurses so important?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Nurses: All doctors need nurses, to help out with patients, procedures, exams, scheduling, monitoring, and many other duties, especially in institutions and busy practices.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between a nurse and a critical care nurse?

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Dr. Angelina Postoev md facs
General Surgery 17 years experience
Different specialty : Some nurses get extra training to become critical care nurses, since patient require more complex treatments.

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