Critical Care Nursing

Critical care nursing is a field of nursing that practices predominantly in intensive care and emergency units. Critical care nurses are equipped to handle critically ill patients, often specializing in a particular aspect of critical illness, such as cardiac care, to provide the best care for patients who are seriously ill or injured.

In addition to caring for the physical health of patients, critical care nurses must deal with the emotional health of patients as they cope with their conditions, as well as working with family members to make the best health care decisions for the patients. The nurses usually work with a team of health care professionals to develop a patient’s care plan. Communication is imperative in critical care nursing; in addition, a nurse must be prepared for adapting a patient’s care quickly based on the patient’s health.