Role Of Icu Nurses

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Intensive Care Unit Nurses More than 4 million people are admitted to the ICUs in the United States annually (facts 3). The intensive care unit is a section in the hospital where trained nurses provide continuous attention and long treatment for extremely ill patients (Lutas 1). Despite nurses best efforts health care providers think that caring for patient 's signs and symptoms in some way undermines the larger goal of trying to save the patient’s life. They might think that palliative care is not what critical care is about but is one aspect (Perrin 45). ICU nurses have many responsibilities and duties after they get a good education, they maintain their knowledge and skills and yet somehow provide their own stable mental and physical health. …show more content…
Tonya Powers an ICU nurse states “My responsibilities as an ICU nurse is to keep my patients alive or make sure that they comfortable if they are going to passway and keep them as comfortable as possible” (Powers 3). ICU nurses have many things that they do for their patients. ICU nurses must be prepared to assess patient 's condition and administer a treatment plan (How 3). Intensive care nurses have to be prepared for patients to go unresponsive so, they can immediately start CPR (Lutas 3). They have to administer treatments, medications, wound care and many different forms of intervention (RN 6). They not only have to administer things they must also keep track of more than one patient’s medical information, including vital signs, drug side effects, deterioration and progress (RN 4). They also have to perform medical histories, physical exams, signs and symptoms evaluation, and diagnostic tests (RN 3). Establishing and reviewing effective treatment plans, interpreting patient information, operating medical equipment, and making critical decisions on necessary actions (RN 8). Working with different patients, from pediatric ones to geriatric ones, observing their behavior (diet, exercise and hygiene) and keeping clear records of all the different patients taken care of in a day of work (RN 2). ICU nurses need to be flexible for unique needs and situations of each of the individual patients (How 3). Laura …show more content…
ICU nurses are often put in dangerous situation. Law enforcement are still working on protecting nurses from workplace assaults (Rauen 2). Some nurses do not seek help, they are not willing to deal with a lawsuit (AACN 3). ICU nurse have to be quick at gathering and assessing available information in order to respond to change a hostile situation (How 4). They have to have stable mental health because they will be working in high stressed, fast paced environments (How 4). ICU nurses must excel in high pressured situations that require following complex protocols (How 4). ICU nurse need to be able to communicate with patient’s families during times of severe stress (How 4). ICU nurses also need to be able to keep organized when dealing with high pressured situations (How 4). ICU nurses are required to have a very stable mental stability and should maintain good physical

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