Critical Care Nursing

Critical care nursing, or intensive care unit (ICU) nursing, is a specialty focused on the care of unstable, chronically ill or post-surgical patients and those at risk from life-threatening diseases and injuries. Like other nursing specialties, a profession in critical care nursing requires an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, sharp clinical assessment skills, vast knowledge about diseases and conditions, and ongoing education related to recommended ICU treatment options. Critically ill patients often require frequent hemodynamic monitoring and mechanical assistance for failing organs. Critical care nurses should master cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques and the use of life-saving equipment such as cardioverters, defibrillators and mechanical ventilation. This specialty cares for a broad range of patients including medical, surgical, neonatal, pediatric, neurology, cardiac, pulmonary, transplant, and trauma/burn to name a few.

In this library, we’ve assembled critical care nursing resources to help you provide the best care to your patients. Our Pocket Cards are quick, handy references to assist you with arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis and caring for patients requiring mechanical ventilation, patients with pneumonia or suffering from sepsis.  Refer to the Guideline Summaries to learn need-to-know information from the latest recommendations. Our infographics, tips and mnemonics, and blogs are additional resources to help you during your critical care nursing career.

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