I agree with Kelsey. No day is the same. I worked for 7 years in MICU (medical ICU) and these patients can be quite complex. Medical ICU is different in that you’re managing multi-systems; heart, kidneys, lungs, etc. I typical day for me was getting report on 1-2 patients; some patients require 1:1 management meaning thats your only patient. These 1:1 patients may be on continuous dialysis called CRRT that you manage as the ICU nurse or have recently coded, or even be an organ procurement patient. As Kelsey mentioned, checking ALL drips and IV pump settings (accidents happen) with the off going nurse, then checking labs and imaging. I personally worked in a level 1 Trauma center which was also a “teaching” hospital so we had medical interns, residents, doctors from other disciplines such as infectious diseases, etc, a fellow, and the Attending. After rounding on patients, we would participate in rounds with the entire medical team to make sure everyone was on the same page with regard to the patients current status, medication needs, etc. Because you’re the nurse, you are aware of all the patients titratable drug requirements and need to make the team aware in case additional interventions are warranted. All the other duties are routine such as turning, cleaning, bathing the patient. You’ll find that as an ICU nurse, you’re very territorial over your patients and will likely do most of the work yourself. You also have to transport patients off the unit for imaging such as CT scans, MRI, and X-ray. This can be extremely daunting and a long process depending on how ill your patient is and the number of IV drips theyre on. On my worst day, I had to transport a patient with 12 drips running on 3, 4 channel IV infusion pumps. This process involves a respiratory therapist who ventilates the patient if they are able to be disconnected from the ventilator because some absolutely cannot, and other support staff in case of an emergency. I absolutely loved intensive care. The challenge is definitely there. Knowing your limitations and asking for help will help keep you from making a fatal mistake in that setting. Hope this information helps!