A registered nurse at the University Of Maryland Medical Center, Emerson Curley has an extensive background in critical care situations. Emerson Curley has an in-depth understanding of the various aspects of ensuring patient health as a critical care nurse.
The role of the critical care nurse involves assisting patients who have been diagnosed as critically or acutely ill. This may take place in intensive care units (ICU), emergency rooms, recovery rooms, and step-down units. The latter are transitional units that represent a halfway point between regular care and ICU treatment.
A critical care nurse requires stamina and focus. Seemingly simple decisions can have a profound impact on the wellbeing of those whose condition is marginal, to begin with. In addition to caring for the severely injured and ill, a critical care nurse ensures that the daily needs of most vulnerable patients are fully met.
Beyond hands-on care, an essential part of the critical care nurse’s role is serving as a patient’s advocate. This means respecting the patient’s basic rights, beliefs, and values, in ways that provide a sense of competent care and foundational support.