Critical Care Nurse And What Kind Of Patients Do They Care For?

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Critical Care Nursing What is a critical care nurse and what kind of patients do they care for? “A critical care nurse, also sometimes referred to as an ICU nurse, is a type of nurse that provides care to patients that are in critical condition” (Becoming a critical care nurse, n.d.). The patients could be young or old and have illnesses or injuries. Most of the patients are sedated and closely monitored by the nurses. The critical care nurses must possess excellent intuition and assessment skills. Critical care unit (CCU) patients are different from other patient’s in the hospital because CCU patients are unstable, usually unconscious, and possibly close to death. Care for these patients does require constant care and highly specialized…show more content…
That same year, Dr Peter Safar opened a multidisciplinary ICU at Baltimore City Hospital. Over the next decade or so, ICUs began to be created in hospitals across Europe, the USA, and Australasia (Vincent, 2013, p.52). Even though more and more intensive care units were being created and critical care nursing was becoming more important, the earlier days of critical care still did not compare to what critical care units are today. In fact, historically ICUs were looked at as frightening places, very mysterious, and every visitor or nurse had to be gowned from head to toe (Vincent, 2013). Also visiting was extremely limited and this caused anxiety for the patients and the family. Nowadays in the ICU the staff is very informative, friendly, and tries to make it as much of a comfortable place as possible. Even though it is still a frightening places, staff usually encourage visitors to visit their loved ones, unlike in the older days when they limit visiting because they thought it was more detrimental to patients then beneficial. We see today that visitors and family involvement is actually very beneficial to the patient’s well-being. Another historic aspect of CCUs is how the nurses address the care of the dying patients and the stress it put on the staff. According to Bryan-Brown (2007) To address the problem of caring for the dying in the ICU, in 1973 my colleagues Diane Adler, Will Shoemaker, Garth Tagge (a visiting senior
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