What education is usually needed to become a Critical Care Nurse ?
I plan on going into community college and getting my associate's degree to be a critical care nurse. Would I need to get a higher degree? What certifications should I get? Thank you in advance.
There are really no other certifications necessary other than Basic Life Support or Advanced Critical Life Support but those are usually paid for by the employer.
Best wishes in your endeavors.
I worked in Healthcare IT, but not as a healthcare professional. I can provide some guidance based on my experience working for a large hospital system. Most nurses i know obtained a Bachelors of Nursing degree (normally takes 3 years). Once you have completed your Bachelor's degree, you would typically apply to become part of a nursing program. Once completed, you take your nursing exam to become licensed. From that point, you can get on the job experience to determine what specialty areas you have interest in, such as critical care/Emergency room, surgical, doctor's office, etc. There are many opportunities! Good luck!