A critical care nurse is ‘a registered nurse who has the right knowledge, skills, and competencies to meet the needs of a critically ill patient without direct supervision. The knowledge, skills and competencies they require to nurse critically ill patients should reflect the level of patient need, rather than being determined by the patient care environment (for example, a high dependency or intensive care unit).’ (RCN, 2003, Guidance for nursing staff in critical care). Flight nursing is the specialty concerned with nurses working in any flight setting. Use this guide to find information resources related to critical care and flight nursing including books, reports and journal articles.
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