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Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

Registered Nurses (Critical Care and Emergency) provide nursing care to critically ill patients and patients with unstable health following injury, surgery or during the acute phase of diseases, integrating new technological equipment into care in settings such as high dependency units, intensive care units, emergency departments or retrieval services.

Overview

Registered Nurses (Critical Care and Emergency) provide nursing care to critically ill patients and patients with unstable health following injury, surgery or during the acute phase of diseases, integrating new technological equipment into care in settings such as high dependency units, intensive care units, emergency departments or retrieval services.

Day-to-day

  • assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards
  • works in consultation with other health professionals and members of health teams, and co-ordinating the care of patients
  • provides interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitors responses to treatment and care plans
  • promotes health and assists in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities
  • answers questions and providing information to patients and families about treatment and care
  • supervises and co-ordinates the work of enrolled nurses and other health care workers.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • stressful.

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To become a Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

  • You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency). Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

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  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required.

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