Critical Care Nurse Duties and Responsibilities:
When a patient suffers a heart attack, stroke, shock, severe trauma, respiratory distress or other severe medical issue, it is vital that they receive immediate and intensive nursing care. Critical care nurses are adept at providing such care in settings where patients can be given complex assessments and treatment.
Specific critical care nurse duties and responsibilities can include:
o Assessing a patient’s condition and planning and implementing patient care plans
o Treating wounds and providing advanced life support
o Assisting physicians in performing procedures
o Observing and recording patient vital signs
o Ensuring that ventilators, monitors and other types of medical equipment function properly
o Administering intravenous fluids and medications
o Ordering diagnostic tests
o Collaborating with fellow members of the critical care team
o Responding to life-saving situations, using nursing standards and protocols for treatment
o Acting as patient advocate
o Providing education and support to patient families
Critical care nurses may also care for pre- and post-operative patients. In addition, some serve as case managers and policy makers, while others perform administrative duties.