what is a critical care Rn job description?

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  • GVD
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    Critical care nursing is that specialty within nursing that deals specifically with human responses to life-threatening problems. A critical care nurse is a licensed professional nurse who is responsible for ensuring that acutely and critically ill patients and their families receive optimal care.

    Critical care nurses work wherever critically ill patients are found – intensive care units, pediatric ICUs, neonatal ICUs, cardiac care units, cardiac catheter labs, telemetry units, progressive care units, emergency departments and recovery rooms. Increasingly, critical care nurses work in home healthcare, managed care organizations, nursing schools, outpatient surgery centers and clinics.

    Critical care nurses practice in settings where patients require complex assessment, high-intensity therapies and interventions, and continuous nursing vigilance. Critical care nurses rely upon a specialized body of knowledge, skills and experience to provide care to patients and families and create environments that are healing, humane and caring. Foremost, the critical care nurse is a patient advocate. AACN defines advocacy as respecting and supporting the basic values, rights and beliefs of the critically ill patient. In this role, critical care nurses:

    · Respect and support the right of the patient or the patient’s designated surrogate to autonomous informed decision making.

    · Intervene when the best interest of the patient is in question.

    · Help the patient obtain necessary care.

    · Respect the values, beliefs and rights of the patient.

    · Provide education and support to help the patient or the patient’s designated surrogate make decisions.

    · Represent the patient in accordance with the patient’s choices.

    · Support the decisions of the patient or designated surrogate, or transfer care to an equally qualified critical care nurse.

    · Intercede for patients who cannot speak for themselves in situations that require immediate action.

    · Monitor and safeguard the quality of care the patient receives.

    · Act as a liaison between the patient, the patient’s family and other healthcare professionals.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    In Florida, a paramedic is going to college for some 3 hundred and sixty 5 days and has approximately 1000 touch hours. i do no longer understand what commencing salaries are, yet a medic in FL could make around 40-50, extra if fireplace qualified. Are you adjusting for the variety in dollar values? American pay scales in emergency centers are particularly deceptive. A pay value for a paramedic or firefighter could be marketed at 30,000 yet after the geared up in extra time, trip journeys, education, etc, it will be lots greater. Paramedics regularly in elementary terms supply elementary pre-well being facility interventions and tend for use for little extra beneficial than a glorified taxi cab service.

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