Critical Care Unit Practice Areas

Not all critical care units are the same, nor do they all treat the same kinds of patients with the same conditions. There are several practice areas within the critical care world that a nurse can choose to pursue.  Each practice area unit has its own unique patient base and specialties, which is an important consideration for nurses wishing to pursue a career in critical care. A nurse can choose to work in the traditional ICU, or work in the specialized PICU and NICU. Learn more about each practice area below.

The infographic below explains what critical care units are, as well as the different types of practice areas within critical care units. Critical care units are different areas in a hospital that focus on trauma patients in critical condition. Patients in these areas often need full attention because of the intensity of their complications. These care units are divided into smaller units known as the ICU, PICU, and NICU. Patients in the ICU are usually adults over the age of 18, while the PICU cares for children up to age 17. The NICU treats newborns with health complications, usually as a result of premature birth.

Intensive Care Unit

Intensive Care Unit

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
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