The average day for a trauma ICU nurse is not much different than that of any ICU nurse. Get report, assess the pt, give meds, turn, pt care,turn, assess, turn,give meds, assess and turn haha. Most people think that icu nursing, and especially trauma ICU nursing is always high octane, adrenaline filled, all the time, but most days you will find can be very routine, and those are the days you will appreciate after having a high octane, adrenaline filled day. In the trauma ICU, you can expect to have pts with many IV lines, chest tubes, tons of fluid resuscitation, and having to manage any other co morbidities they may have. You more than likely will have pts with frequent neuro checks, spinal precautions, and even Ventrics if they have severe head injuries. Trauma ICU nursing is great, and its definitely a speciality, but at the same time, you must be a jack of all trades, because trauma can affect pts of all ages, and often just complicates any health problems the pt had before the injury.