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Critical Care Nurses

Critical Care Nurse—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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Critical care nurses are specialized nurses who provide highly skilled direct patient care to critically ill patients needing intense medical treatment. Critical care nurses work not only in intensive care units (ICU) and cardiac care units (CCU) of hospitals, but also in the emergency departments, postanesthesia recovery units, pediatric intensive care units, burn units, and neonatal intensive care units of medical facilities, as well as in other units that treat critically ill patients. 

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree




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Career Ladder
Nurse Administrator

Critical Care Nurse

Registered Nurse

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