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.

ICU - not for the faint of heart

ICU - not for the faint of heart

by Chancub - I am just trying to hold myself together, often I am in pieces, and I feel like I am scrambling to keep everything in one piece. Is this what life is like? That was... Read More →

Last comment by Chancub
NTI - Swan Ganz Monitoring for Your ICU Patient

NTI - Swan Ganz Monitoring for Your ICU Patient

by allnurses - Monitoring the hemodynamics of your critically ill ICU is so important. Use of the Swan-Ganz pulmonary artery catheter is one of the ways to quickly assess the... Read More →

Last comment by SummitRN
NTI: Post-Procedure Complications

NTI: Post-Procedure Complications

by allnurses - Most of the time the patient recovers uneventfully. However, what happens when they don’t? Would you know how to troubleshoot and care for the patient with... Read More →

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
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 Kooky Korky
NTI - Reducing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia:  Halyard Interview

NTI - Reducing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia: Halyard Interview

by allnurses - NTI in Houston provided AN with so many opportunities to interview leaders in the field of nursing as well as to view demonstrations of new products. Halyard... Read More →

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

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