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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The learning portion is inevitable, isn’t it? NYU has various schools underneath its purple umbrella – College of Arts and Science, Tisch School of the Arts, Stern School of Business, Steinhardt School of Culture/Education/Human Development, College...

” – Lana from Tenafly, NJ
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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It is No. 17 based on US News Best College Rankings for various aspects of what people want out of a college and graduation rate and retention performance, etc. It has invaluable research opportunities for those seeking great opportunities to further...

” – A from Vandy
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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At the University of South Carolina in Columbia, there are a multitude of classes to choose from. From the Psychology of Sex to the Philosophy of Contemporary Moral Issues, this University has many classes that will tickle your fancy. Being the...

” – Emily from Ladson, 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 University of Rochester is not merely a place where one comes to learn and grow in the classroom but is a place where students grow and develop as individuals of the social society along with the academic society. The numerous opportunities...

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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 classes here tend to be very difficult. There are high standards that every student is held to. Studying should be a main priority if attending Loyola. Loyola focuses on getting every student to take various core classes to expand ones knowledge...

” – Fernando from Berwyn, 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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Seton Hall University is overall a great campus. It combines intellectual endeavor with a solid Catholic background. Also, there is always help and support, and you get to meet interesting people.

” – Vincent from Cliffside Park, 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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creighton university is the right size, big enough, but not too big, and located in an urban setting. the university is well run by jesuits, with a pleasant and open atmosphere. academics are rigorous, extra curricular and student life are plentiful...

” – parker from plymouth, mn
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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I have attended Youngstown State University for 3 semesters and have already found myself being engaged in detailed conversations concerning my Nursing major. Being able to speak at a more intellectual level has shown how much I have learned from YSU...

” – Carly from Boardman, 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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I love Winona State the people and the atmosphere is amazing! Everyone is very friendly. Also people are pretty out going which makes it even better because I'm pretty outgoing.

” – Stivalis from Minneapolis, 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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The best thing about southern they take care about the whole aspect of your life the physical Spiritual and mental.

” – Joel from Brentwood, MD
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...

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...

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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Hard working and helpful academic advisers.
Knowledgeable professors.
Schedule Flexibility.

” – Samantha from Ofallon, 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

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...