Critical Care Nursing

A critical care nurse is a registered nurse who has been specially trained and certified in the care and treatment of critically ill patients. Critical care nurses work in emergency rooms, cardiac units, recovery rooms, progressive care units, and intensive care units. Before individuals can become critical care nurses, they must graduate from an accredited college or university with a nursing degree. Once a student has completed their nursing degree, received NCLEX-RN certification, and has at one year of working experience, they are eligible to study as a critical care nurse. As you begin your graduate program, you'll notice courses build on your undergraduate education. Courses and clinical practice will give you additional insight into monitoring vital signs, setting up emergency medical equipment, and administering medication intravenously. Ideally, students have the option to work in several settings so they can determine if they'd like to specialize in adult, pediatric, or neonatal critical care nursing. Critical care nursing is just one of more than 100 nursing specialties. Many critical care nurses go on to pursue additional certifications or return to school to pursue additional fields such as teaching.

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New York University

New York University, more commonly referred to as NYU, is a private university with campuses and academic centers all over the world, including Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Africa, and Europe. As one of the largest private universities in the US, it’s...

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University of Miami

Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research institution in south Florida. The U encompasses 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 180 fields of study. Away from the classroom, the Miami campus is home to...

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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873 as a private research university in Nashville, Tennessee. Academically, the university focuses on an interdisciplinary approach,  encouraging students to take courses from any of the 143 areas of study. The...

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University of South Carolina-Columbia

The University of South Carolina is a 4-year public research institution in the state capital of Columbia. South Carolina encompasses 12 colleges conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, U of SC is home to the first freestanding academic...

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University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is private, research university highly ranked in the National Universities list by U.S. News & World Report. It operates under the mission "Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better" and students can...

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University at Buffalo - SUNY

The University at Buffalo is a 4-year research institution offering more than 125 undergraduate degree programs. UB is the largest university in the State University of New York system by enrollment, but maintains a student-faculty ratio of 14:1...

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Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the city of Chicago. Loyola has four campuses in the Chicago area–the main Lake Shore Campus along Lake Michigan, Water Tower Campus in the heart of downtown, the...

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Case Western Reserve University

Founded by the merger of Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science, Case Western Reserve University is a 4-year private research institution in Cleveland. Case Western features nine schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 95...

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Seton Hall University

Founded in 1856, Seton Hall University is a private Roman Catholic university and a member of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium located in South Orange, New Jersey. The suburban, 58-acre campus features 10 schools and colleges that offer upwards of...

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Barry University

Founded by the Adrian Dominican Sisters in 1940, Barry University is a private institution in the Miami metro area and one of the largest Catholic universities in the southeast. Barry is home to eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate and...

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Rhode Island College

Founded as a teacher training school, Rhode Island College is a public college in Providence and the second oldest institution of higher learning in the state. RIC is home to five schools of Education, Arts & Sciences, Social Work, Nursing, and...

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Winona State University

With campus a short walk from the Mississippi River, Winona State University is a public institution in southeast Minnesota and the oldest school in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. WSU is home to five colleges conferring...

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Southern Adventist University

Founded in 1892, Southern Adventist University is an evangelical Christian college in south Tennessee affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The first Adventist school in the south, Southern confers undergraduate degrees in 64 majors. As a...

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DeSales University

DeSales University is a private institution affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The school provides a liberal arts curriculum with a focus in the Catholic tradition. It is home to dance studios, TV and film studios, simulation laboratories,...

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Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Health & Science University is a public institution based in Portland, OR, that operates two hospitals. The university is dedicated to research and training health professionals. OHSU is credited with developing stem cells from skin cells,...

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Formerly known as Universidad Metropolitana, Universidad Ana G. Méndez is an undergraduate research university with four campuses throughout Puerto Rico. UAGM is home to nine schools offering bachelor’s degree programs. For students with small...

With a campus adjacent to downtown Syracuse, Upstate Medical University is a medical school in the State University of New York system. SUNY Upstate features bachelor’s degrees in five medical subjects and all undergraduates enter as rising juniors....

Allen College is a school of healthcare and nursing in northern Iowa affiliated with UnityPoint Health. In addition to its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Nursing, Allen also confers bachelor’s degrees in Health Science, associate degrees...

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Established in 1956, the Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo is a private, 4-year institution located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The university offers over 40 undergraduate and technical degree and certificate programs, as well as five...