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Critical care nursing jobs are among the most demanding in the nursing field. CCU nurses can often be found in intensive care units or emergency departments caring for critically ill patients. Their jobs are extremely fast-paced and come with the added pressure of working exclusively with patients who have life-threatening medical issues.
As a result, nurses interested in CCU nurse jobs must have an advanced education. CCU nurses typically have a BSN and MSN. They must pass the National Council Licensure Examination, work as an RN for 2 years, and obtain a critical care nursing certificate from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) before becoming a CCU nurse.
In addition to an advanced education, CCU nurses must be calm under pressure. They evaluate and assess patients with critical conditions, so it is crucial that they are thorough and accurate. They must also know how to operate the latest technology, including life support systems. CCU nurses frequently participate in continuing education courses to stay up to date.
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