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CRITICAL CARE DIRECTOR/NURSE, IN-DEPTH: The Strongest Clinicians Work In The ICU

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Gary, the Director of Critical Care and Registered Nurse who works in the Intensive Care Unit, describes what he loves most about his job, its challenges, and how hard it is to get a job in his field. There are jobs in the Intensive Care Unit, but they are difficult to get right out of school because of the experienced needed to work with the sickest patients. Some programs will offer internships in critical care, but any experience in nursing will be a good foundation.

Degree: MBA - BSN
Job Title: Director of Critical Care

Job Summary: Registered Nurses

Job Description

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

On-the-Job Training

Minimal. Most training comes from coursework, which usually includes work in a clinical setting.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$45,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Organizational skills, Patience, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills

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m='9590'>working</span> <span m='9900'>hard to</span> <span m='10130'>turn them</span> <span m='10420'>around.</span> <span m='11560'>I</span> <span m='11660'>like</span> <span m='11930'>the--</span> <span m='13410'>especially</span> <span m='13730'>in the</span> <span m='13850'>ICU,</span> <span m='14320'>critical</span> <span m='14650'>care</span> <span m='14840'>setting.</span> <span m='16120'>You're</span> <span m='16550'>generally</span> <span m='16850'>seen</span> <span m='17220'>as</span> <span m='18070'>one of</span> <span m='18470'>the</span> <span m='18590'>stronger</span> <span m='19010'>clinicians</span> <span m='19265'>in</span> <span m='19520'>the</span> <span m='19660'>facility,</span> <span m='20590'>people</span> <span m='20960'>rely</span> <span m='21260'>on</span> <span m='21370'>you</span> <span m='21590'>a</span> <span m='21650'>lot,</span> <span m='22310'>you're a</span> <span m='22530'>resource</span> <span m='22960'>to</span> <span m='23100'>a lot of</span> <span m='23270'>other</span> <span m='23480'>departments.</span> <span m='24710'>And</span> <span m='26240'>I</span> <span m='26510'>like</span> <span m='26720'>the</span> <span m='26800'>family</span> <span m='27100'>interactions</span> <span m='27710'>and</span> <span m='27900'>the</span> <span m='29000'>intensity.</span> <span m='30630'>If</span> <span m='31060'>I</span> <span m='31160'>worked</span> <span m='31400'>on</span> <span m='31470'>the</span> <span m='31520'>medical</span> <span m='31840'>floor,</span> <span m='32259'>I</span> <span m='32299'>might</span> <span m='32460'>have</span> <span m='32790'>seven</span> <span m='33090'>or eight</span> <span m='33390'>patients</span> <span m='33740'>I'm</span> <span m='33850'>taking care of.</span> <span m='34080'>If</span> <span m='34200'>I</span> <span m='34240'>just</span> <span m='34420'>have</span> <span m='34530'>two</span> <span m='34740'>patients</span> <span m='35130'>I'm</span> <span m='35220'>taking</span> <span m='35430'>care</span> <span m='35720'>of</span> <span m='35780'>and I'm</span> <span m='36010'>so</span> <span m='36520'>involved</span> <span m='36970'>with</span> <span m='37060'>them</span> <span m='37290'>and</span> <span m='37420'>get</span> <span m='37530'>to</span> <span m='37640'>know the</span> <span m='37820'>families</span> <span m='38510'>and the</span> <span m='38720'>patients</span> <span m='39080'>so</span> <span m='39230'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='40470'>Well,</span> <span m='40600'>the</span> <span m='40700'>challenge</span> <span m='41070'>is</span> <span m='41190'>because</span> <span m='42500'>we</span> <span m='42640'>do</span> <span m='42830'>have</span> <span m='43120'>the</span> <span m='43250'>sickest</span> <span m='43610'>people,</span> <span m='44790'>I</span> <span m='44820'>mean,</span> <span m='46610'>after</span> <span m='46920'>a while</span> <span m='47040'>you get a little</span> <span m='47410'>jaded--</span> <span m='47910'>or</span> <span m='48010'>not</span> <span m='48350'>jaded.</span> <span m='49480'>It's</span> <span m='49670'>very</span> <span m='49940'>easy</span> <span m='50160'>for</span> <span m='50260'>me</span> <span m='50670'>to</span> <span m='50770'>separate</span> <span m='51920'>getting</span> <span m='52220'>too</span> <span m='52410'>personally</span> <span m='52770'>involved</span> <span m='53160'>with</span> <span m='53350'>the</span> <span m='53440'>reality.</span> <span m='54380'>Patients</span> <span m='54740'>die.</span> <span m='55930'>Our</span> <span m='56140'>unit,</span> <span m='56390'>that's</span> <span m='56630'>where</span> <span m='56770'>they're</span> <span m='56870'>going</span> <span m='56960'>to</span> <span m='57000'>happen.</span> <span m='57700'>Their</span> <span m='57800'>heart</span> <span m='58060'>stops</span> <span m='58480'>or</span> <span m='58570'>they</span> <span m='58640'>die from</span> <span m='59090'>terminal</span> <span m='59440'>illnesses.</span> <span 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m='71270'>these</span> <span m='71400'>are</span> <span m='71500'>very</span> <span m='71840'>sudden</span> <span m='72100'>events.</span> <span m='72640'>And</span> <span m='72810'>so,</span> <span m='73070'>you're</span> <span m='73250'>having</span> <span m='73430'>to--</span> <span m='75540'>Grandma</span> <span m='75860'>was up</span> <span m='76040'>and</span> <span m='76290'>fine</span> <span m='76800'>one</span> <span m='77100'>day,</span> <span m='77340'>the next</span> <span m='77640'>day,</span> <span m='77980'>here</span> <span m='78150'>she</span> <span m='78330'>is</span> <span m='78510'>dying.</span> <span m='78990'>And</span> <span m='79530'>having</span> <span m='79710'>to</span> <span m='79760'>deal</span> <span m='79920'>with</span> <span m='79990'>the</span> <span m='80040'>family</span> <span m='80380'>reactions</span> <span m='81200'>and</span> <span m='81440'>keep</span> <span m='81710'>them</span> <span m='81890'>together</span> <span m='82310'>and</span> <span 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m='96950'>hard</span> <span m='97110'>time</span> <span m='97260'>finding</span> <span m='97570'>a</span> <span m='97610'>job,</span> <span m='98000'>particularly</span> <span m='98420'>if</span> <span m='98510'>they're</span> <span m='98630'>right</span> <span m='98840'>out</span> <span m='98940'>of</span> <span m='99010'>school.</span> <span m='100340'>Because</span> <span m='101830'>what's</span> <span m='102040'>expected</span> <span m='102540'>of</span> <span m='102650'>you is</span> <span m='102830'>so</span> <span m='103080'>intense</span> <span m='103970'>and</span> <span m='104390'>your</span> <span m='104520'>knowledge</span> <span m='104900'>base</span> <span m='105130'>has to be</span> <span m='105340'>so</span> <span m='105540'>strong,</span> <span m='106390'>you can</span> <span m='106480'>only</span> <span m='106620'>have</span> <span m='106800'>so</span> <span m='106920'>many</span> <span m='107090'>younger,</span> <span m='107570'>newer</span> <span 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