Critical care Nursing
Critical care or ICU nursing is a specialisation of nursing which deals specifically with patients experiencing high-dependency, life –threatening conditions. There are a range of ICU specialties where critical care nurses may work including surgical, trauma, coronary, medical, paediatric, burns, cardiothoracic and high risk nurseries. Nurses in the ICU often work in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team of doctors, consultants, physiotherapists and various other specialists to ensure optimal patient care. Critical care nursing can be mentally and physically demanding with long hours (including night shifts), extensive patient handling and high-pressure conditions. Critical care nurses must be able to make sophisticated judgements quickly as patients in ICU are often unstable and can experience rapid physiological decline.