Critical Care
Critical Care
How do you compare to critical care nurses who took part in our study?
How do you compare to critical care nurses who took part in our study?
Who Took This Survey
Gender
The majority of respondents are female; the gender ratio reflects the current national ratio, which indicates 8-11% of nurses are male.
Age
Average age of respondents falls between 35-54, consistent with the national average of 45.
Education
Most respondents hold a bachelor of science in nursing, followed by an associate degree, then an MSN.
Years of experience in critical care nursing
Facility type
88%
of study participants work in the acute care setting
26% 
work in a trauma setting
Top Traits & Skills
Our readers were asked to rank 8 traits/skills based on how often they used each as a critical care nurse. Their top responses include:
#1 Observation
#2 Adaptability
#3 Decisiveness
Job Satisfaction
When asked, “would you recommend working in critical care to other nurses?”
Nurses cite “rewarding” and their patients as reasons to recommend the specialty. Other frequently used terms include “critical thinking” and “experience.”
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