Critical Care Nursing Articles

Begin reading thousands of high level critical care nursing discussions with nurses in your specialty. Here you can post questions or comments that pertain to ICU nursing that might cross over from SICU to MICU to CCU or any other specialized ICU. Some topics that have been discussed include nurse/pt ratio, types of equipment, vent weaning, and meds specific to ICU.

NTI - Post ICU Syndrome - First Hand Family Account

NTI - Post ICU Syndrome - First Hand Family Account

by traumaRUs - At AACN's National Teaching Institute recently, Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) was discussed. Here is a personal account of what PICS looks like: Carrie was... Read More →

Last comment by spotangel
Are 24-Hour Open Visitation Policies a Bad Idea? (Yes)

Are 24-Hour Open Visitation Policies a Bad Idea? (Yes)

by TheCommuter - Many acute care hospitals across the United States are following a trend of eliminating visiting hours altogether, and instead opting for 24-hour open visitation... Read More →

Last comment by Pixie.RN
Ethical Dilemma

Ethical Dilemma

by StefO - Last week, I took care of a 25 year old male, Mr. L, who had a motorcycle accident. He had bilateral femur fractures, a pelvis fracture, and a right tib-fib... Read More →

Last comment by klcrn1987
Nurses Have Feelings Too

Nurses Have Feelings Too

by wkndnrse - I am fortunate ​to work in Neuro ICU. I love my job. I love to be in a position to help patients and their families when they are most vulnerable. During my nursing... Read More →

Last comment by Aliciaann
Time management tips for new critical care nurses

Time management tips for new critical care nurses

by nursey246 - After I get report on my two patients, I print and interpret my telemetry strips and verify their alarms on the monitor. I then decide which one is less stable (or... Read More →

Last comment by us2uk4u
CCRN "Cram Cram Repetition Nail it"

CCRN "Cram Cram Repetition Nail it"

by bloatedputti - I decided after 28 years, to clean house with my nursing career. I freshened up my resume, took all the free online CEU courses I could, and yet something was still... Read More →

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To Hell and Back: Demons of ICU Past

To Hell and Back: Demons of ICU Past

by juan de la cruz - Teresa, a woman in her 40's, a wife and mother of two young boys, felt tightness around her chest as she suddenly woke up from sleep. She was breathing heavily and... Read More →

Last comment by icushiftnurse
Solve A Neurologic Mystery

Solve A Neurologic Mystery

by juan de la cruz - RS is a 70 year old, lady who lives independently in a first floor apartment in the city. She has no close relatives but has neighbors who know her very well and... Read More →

Last comment by NRSKarenRN
How To Be A Great ICU Colleague

How To Be A Great ICU Colleague

by Ruby Vee - Welcome to the ICU. We're happy to have you here, and we know you want to be a great ICU nurse. That's going to take a long time, but you can be a great colleague... Read More →

Last comment by ohioSICUrn
What Happens When We Leave Our Dream Job?

What Happens When We Leave Our Dream Job?

by SICUshortCait - What happens when we have to find a new dream? When we came to a fork in the road; chose our path; ran towards our destiny and hit a dead end? Nursing is career of... Read More →

Last comment by DDRN4me
Adult Critical Care Update: New Definitions of Sepsis and Septic Shock

Adult Critical Care Update: New Definitions of Sepsis and Septic Shock

by juan de la cruz - If you haven’t already read or heard about it, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine have released a new... Read More →

Last comment by IcUJonSnowed

CPAP: Use It And Live

by Ruby Vee - i work in a cardiac intensive care unit; ccu and sicu together. as an icu nurse, i'm well acquainted with the correlation between untreated sleep apnea and heart... Read More →

Last comment by Susie2310
Limiting Medical Care for the Elderly

Limiting Medical Care for the Elderly

by eschom04 - The prolongation of life is ultimately impossible, but in the end, should it be the ultimate goal? Medical advances and technology can keep people alive longer,... Read More →

Last comment by spacemonkey15
10 Reasons I Don't Always Love My Job

10 Reasons I Don't Always Love My Job

by SICUshortCait - My friends and I often get asked why we want to talk about work when we’re not there. My answer is usually because I’m a nurse. Now, traditionally I’m supposed to... Read More →

Last comment by BeenThere2012
Trauma Nursing

Trauma Nursing

by Pixie.RN - What is Trauma Nursing? Trauma nurses specialize in caring for patients injured through trauma, be it accidental or intentional. Trauma nurses must be well... Read More →

Last comment by Trauma_drama14
Who's afraid of the ICU?

Who's afraid of the ICU?

by Trissity - I won't say that I always wanted to be a nurse, but it is a near thing. Even when life got in the way, and delayed my career for several years, nursing was always... Read More →

Last comment by thevez
Share those precious last minutes, they deserve it...

Share those precious last minutes, they deserve it...

by marty6001 - "A ball had passed between my body and the right arm which supported him, cutting through the sleeve and passing through his chest from shoulder to shoulder. There... Read More →

Last comment by IEDave
Managing 24/7 Visitors

Managing 24/7 Visitors

by Ruby Vee - A brand new ICU patient, whether they are crashing with cardiogenic shock, fresh from the ER in septic shock or just back from the OR, is a busy patient. There are... Read More →

Last comment by nursey246

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