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The work of a critical care nurse involves prioritizing patients based on assessments of their condition, conducting pulmonary assessments to evaluate for breathing difficulties, administering blood products, administering medications intravenously, via gastric tubes, or other methods, assessing pain levels and medication or sedation needs, monitoring patient statuses, and watching for symptoms of dangerous complications such as sepsis or adverse reactions to blood transfusions. these nurses generally work in coronary units or critical care units, and are required to be licensed and/or certified. An Associate's degree is the minimum education requirement for this position, although roughly half of critical care nurses hold Bachelor's degrees.

A Critical Care Nurse can get an average pay level ranging from 48000 to 72000 based on experience. Critical Care Nurses receive an average pay level of Sixty Seven Thousand Nine Hundred dollars per annum.

Critical Care Nurses receive the highest compensation in California, where they can earn pay of just about $85080. Professionals that work in these jobs are compensated most highly in Public Administration, where they can earn average pay of $74590.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 25.20 percent nationwide in that time.
Critical Care Nurses tend to make the most in the following industries
Information $74,590
Public Administration $70,430
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $69,520
Wholesale Trade $69,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises $68,580
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $68,220
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $60,950
Educational Services $61,130
Manufacturing $61,500
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $61,780
Transportation and Warehousing $62,360
Accommodation and Food Services $64,220