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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NYU is in a highly populated metropolitan area and as such, it is very diverse. This is true not only in the physical nature of the students, but also in how they think. Therefore, a lot of emphasis is placed on putting problems in many perspectives...

” – Kat
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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Vanderbilt is often confused with one of them Ivy League schools up in Connecticut or wherever, but with good reason. If you choose to attend the prestigious Vanderbilt University then you will receive a very fine education from professors who want...

” – K from Atlanta, GA
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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I just finished my first semester. At the time, it did not really feel like I was learning a ton but that was because I was used to the high school way of learn it and forget it. I am used to having information jammed down my throat. At USC, there is...

” – Catherine from Summerville, SC
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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The curriculum at the University of Rochester is what really makes it special. There are no general education requirements. The only required course for all majors is a writing class, which is offered in many subject areas to allow you to explore a...

” – Eloise from Rochester, NY
University at Buffalo - SUNY

The University at Buffalo is a 4-year research institution offering more than 140 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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This school has great programs for several different disciplines: Pharmacy, Architecture, Dentistry, Law, Nursing, Anthropology, etc. Spend some time really considering which one you would most like to pursue and then really immerse yourself in it.

” – Matthew from Stockbridge, GA
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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The college application process is often very stressful, but also very rewarding as it encourages you to begin to discover who you are, through very small steps at first. The rest of the discovery can be unearthed while at college as students live...

” – Angela from South Beloit, IL
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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CWRU may be the most underrated university. It's got Ivy League quality academics, a beautiful campus, great athletic teams, and a plethora of clubs and organizations. There's something for everyone.

” – Laurel from North East, PA
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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The campus is beautiful, a relatively good size, and welcoming. There's always something to do whether its a first 56 activity or just chilling in the Pirate's Cellar. There's always somewhere you can go or someone you can go to when you are in need...

” – Adria from Paterson, NJ
Creighton University

Founded in 1878 by the Society of Jesus, Creighton University is a Jesuit Catholic university in Omaha. Creighton hosts nine colleges and schools offering degrees in over 140 areas of study. As a Catholic institution, Creighton holds daily mass and...

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I have never worked so hard in my life. The process has so much stress, but it is the progress the feels the best.

” – Audrianna from Omaha , NE
Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a 4-year interdenominational private school in Phoenix and the largest Christian university on the planet. GCU hosts eight colleges conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors college. The university is also home...

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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This School excels in every program that they provide. Barry makes sure that you learn everything that you need to learn that will help you in future classes and in your career. Teachers are always there to help you and they allow questions at...

” – C.Symoane
Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University is a 4-year public school and urban research university based in northeast Ohio. Youngstown State awards undergraduate degrees in over 115 academic majors and is home to research centers including the Center of Excellence...

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Its a fun place to stay at.
The Rec Center is great.
Not really a whole lot of people there.

” – Andre from WARREN, OH
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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Winona is a great college! I am absolutely learning a lot of information in a variety of classes! I am a nursing major, and I brought a year's worth of credits in with me from taking PSEO classes during my junior and senior years of high school...

” – Krystal from Echo, MN
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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If you are looking for a small town college in a park-like setting; this is the place for you. Small class sizes lend to getting to know the students and the instructors! Emphasis on a personal relationship with Jesus is a plus for students who want...

” – Jessica from Pioneer, TN
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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The faculty make sure to deliver personal one-on-one attention to each student. It's a guarantee that one of the first professional contacts you have out in the field will be one of your teachers, and DeSales only uses full time teachers in the...

” – Lawrence from Sellersville, PA
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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Love this program!! It's worth the extra year of nursing school; I feel by the time I graduate, I will be a well-prepared nurse!

” – Sarah from Turner, OR
Ursuline College

Ursuline College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Ursuline provides over 30 bachelor’s degree programs, pre-professional programs, minors, and certificate programs, as well as 20 graduate programs. Ursuline...

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As a nursing student at Ursuline college, I have had a very full schedule due to the strenuous nature of studying for a successful career in the health field. Although I have heard great things about their other majors offered which range from...

” – Nicole from Chagrin Falls, OH

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...

Founded in 1872, Maryville University of Saint Louis is a 4-year private school in the St. Louis metro area. Maryville grants undergraduate degrees in over 65 academic majors featuring a comprehensive liberal arts and professional curriculum. In...

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The faculty and staff of Maryville University provide a great opportunity to learn and achieve more. They want you to do great in the path that you have chosen. Even if you struggle with a subject there are student aides there to provide help along...

” – Rebecca from Warrenton, MO

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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The instructors are great and the ratio of students to teacher gives me plenty of individual instruction time. The campus is clean and the buildings and facilities are up to date. The educational program is comperable to other schools with higher...

” – Kimberly from North Liberty, IA
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is a private institution established in the city of Lancaster. The college offers academic programs in a variety of health-related fields and teaches with a preference for hands-on learning. PA College is...

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I believe that I will definitely learn a lot in this college. I have heard that this college is great and has a very high percentage of students pass the exam they have to take in order to receive a certificate.

” – Pavlik from Leola, PA

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...

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas is a Christian-centered institution and the first regional college in the IAUPR system. Located in central Puerto Rico, the Barranquitas campus is home to 22 bachelor’s degree programs. IAUPR...

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I visited this institution, I've also heard of it. I understand that this university is right for me because I live near it and wish to study there.