Critical Care Nursing Careers

Skilled and compassionate RNs are in demand for critical care nursing positions across the Munson Healthcare system. Nurses in this exciting and challenging field may work in a variety of Munson Healthcare departments, including:

  • Critical Cardiac Care (CCU and CTU)
  • Emergency Room (ER), including the Level II Trauma Center at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City and Level IV Trauma Centers at other Munson Healthcare hospitals
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Perinanesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Progressive Care Unit (PCU)

Munson Healthcare offers a competitive wages and benefits package that includes full medical, dental, and optical insurance, tuition reimbursement, retirement plan, and generous paid time off. Click here for details about Munson Healthcare benefits.

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What Does a Critical Care Nurse Do?

Critical Care NurseCritical care nurses manage and monitor the most severely ill patients, often addressing life-threatening illnesses or injuries. They work closely with other members of the healthcare team, including physicians, surgeons, advanced practiced professionals, respiratory therapists, and case managers, to ensure the best care for the patient.

Critical care nurses perform complex assessments and manage intensive interventions and therapies. The condition of a severely ill patient can change rapidly, so these professionals must be able to adapt quickly and work well under pressure.

Munson Healthcare offers residency programs to provide on-the-job training and vital experience. New nurses are invited to participate in residencies in critical careneonatal intensive care, and peri-anesthesia care.


Why Critical Care Nurses Choose Munson Healthcare

Munson Healthcare employees may have had different reasons for pursuing careers in nursing, but common to all our critical care nurses is the fulfilment they feel in improving lives and the satisfaction that comes from working with an amazing team. 

Tara's Story

Tara, an emergency room nurse at Otsego Memorial Hospital, shares her thoughts about her resilient nursing team and her reason for choosing the nursing profession in this blog post.

   

Miranda's Story

Miranda, a nurse in Munson Medical Center’s intensive care unit, began her healthcare career as an aide. In a blog post, she discusses the team-centered approach to care at Munson Healthcare.


What Qualifications Do Critical Care Nurses Need?

Munson Healthcare’s critical care nurses will have graduated from a state-approved nursing education program and be registered or planning to take the state board licensing exam. Experience in the clinical area being applied to is desirable but not required. All critical care nurses must maintain Basic Life Support certifications as well as specialty life support certifications applicable to the area of specialty. For specific details, view the requirements on our job postings.

Munson Healthcare's residency programs provide new nurses and nurses with no more than one year of experience with invaluable training in a critical care setting. Learn more about our residencies in critical care, neonatal intensive care, and peri-anesthesia care.

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