A registered nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU) is responsible for monitoring a patient's progress and giving regular reports to physicians and families. He/She orders, interprets, and reviews diagnostics tests to determine and evaluate the patient's condition. He/She also monitors and records symptoms and changes in patients' conditions. Furthermore, he/she takes and documents patient's medical information and vital signs and he/she keeps a record of their treatment plans, outcomes, interventions, or plan revisions. Besides that, he/she ensures that equipment and devices function properly and are well stored after use.
Primarily, you must have a nursing degree for this role. You must also have a minimum of two years of general nursing experience. Employers require applicants to have certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. A registered nurse in the ICU earns an average salary of $85,511 yearly, equivalent to $41.11 per hour. This varies from $57,000 to $126,000.