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.

Trauma Nursing
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Trauma Nursing

What is Trauma Nursing? Trauma nurses specialize in caring for patients injured through trauma, be it accidental or intentional. Trauma nurses must be well...

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NTI - Post ICU Syndrome - First Hand Family Account
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NTI - Post ICU Syndrome - First Hand Family Account

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...

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NTI - Reducing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia:  Halyard Interview
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NTI - Reducing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia: Halyard Interview

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...

What Happens When We Leave Our Dream Job?
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What Happens When We Leave Our Dream Job?

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...

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

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...

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CPAP: Use It And Live
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CPAP: Use It And Live

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...

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Limiting Medical Care for the Elderly
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Limiting Medical Care for the Elderly

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,...

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10 Reasons I Don't Always Love My Job
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10 Reasons I Don't Always Love My Job

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...

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To Hell and Back: Demons of ICU Past

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...

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ICU - not for the faint of heart
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ICU - not for the faint of heart

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...

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NTI - Swan Ganz Monitoring for Your ICU Patient
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NTI - Swan Ganz Monitoring for Your ICU Patient

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...

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NTI: Post-Procedure Complications
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NTI: Post-Procedure Complications

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...

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

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...

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Ethical Dilemma
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Ethical Dilemma

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...

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Nurses Have Feelings Too
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Nurses Have Feelings Too

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...

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Time Management Tips for New Critical Care Nurses
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Time Management Tips for New Critical Care Nurses

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...

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CCRN "Cram Cram Repetition Nail it"
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CCRN "Cram Cram Repetition Nail it"

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...

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Who's afraid of the ICU?

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...

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