Critical Care Nurses

Occupation Information table
Overview: Provide specialized nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.
Duties: Evaluate patients' vital signs or laboratory data to determine emergency intervention needs. Monitor patients for changes in status and indications of conditions such as sepsis or shock and institute appropriate interventions. Set up and monitor medical equipment and devices such as cardiac monitors, mechanical ventilators and alarms, oxygen delivery devices, transducers, or pressure lines. Administer medications intravenously, by injection, orally, through gastric tubes, or by other methods. Assess patients' pain levels or sedation requirements. Conduct pulmonary assessments to identify abnormal respiratory patterns or breathing sounds that indicate problems.
Degree(s): A.A.S. Nursing 
Job Outlook: Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; increasing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as this group leads longer and more active lives.
Starting Salary: The mean salary for critical care nurses is $77,460
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Projected job openings (2019-2029): 175,900

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.