Salary for Critical Care Nurses

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Also known as:  CCU Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, CNS, Community Health Nurse, Coronary Care Unit Nurse, Emergency Room RN, Endoscopy Registered Nurse, Hospice Registered Nurse, Obstetrical Nurse, Oncology Registered Nurse helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 wage on a scale from $53,410 to $116,230 based on tenure and industry expertise. will most likely receive an average wage of eigthy thousand and ten dollars on a yearly basis.

have the highest salaries in California, where they can earn average pay scales of about $120,560. People holding these jobs receive the highest salary in Public Administration, where they earn an average job salary of $88,000.

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Critical Care Nurses tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Retail Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Accommodation and Food Services
Educational Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
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