ITU Nurses play a vital role caring for patients who have serious illnesses and injuries. You’ll be working in an intensive care unit, where you’ll be treating patients with serious ailments, so you’ll need to be comfortable working at pace, whilst still providing sensitive and empathetic care. Working as an ITU Nurse may be challenging, but the rewards and satisfaction are well worth it.
At Medacs, we help place ITU nurses into exciting and rewarding roles at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Bangor Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital and Glan Clwyd Hospital, which is managed by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
What does an ITU Nurse do?
Patients with serious injuries and rapidly onsetting illnesses need immediate care. And, as an ITU Nurse, you’ll be responsible for making sure these patients get the urgent and vital care they need.
Although some ITU Nurses work in private hospitals and health boards, the majority of urgent care units are in busy hospitals. From one day to the next, you’ll be working with patients who have suffered from stroke or organ failure, or have sustained serious physical injuries and traumas. You’ll also be giving important care to patients recovering from operations, as well as those with complex needs, so you’ll need to quickly adapt to the changing needs of many different patients.
As an ITU Nurse, some of your key responsibilities will include:
- assessing patient vital signs
- formulating care plans with other colleagues
- ensuring all medical equipment is working properly, including ventilators, drains and catheters
- communicating and working closely with colleagues
- maintaining patient records
- acting as a source of support and development for your other colleagues
As you’ll be providing urgent care, you’ll need to work closely with a range of colleagues to ensure you’re providing the right care, including:
- critical care doctors and nurses
- general medical and surgical nurses
- junior doctors and nurses
What qualifications and experience do you need for an ITU Nurse job with Medacs?
ITU nursing is a specialist role, and you’ll need some minimum qualifications to work as an ITU Nurse. Some essential qualifications include:
- being a registered nurse
- having at least six months’ relevant NHS experience within the last three years
- passing an enhanced background check
You will also need a range of soft skills. These include:
- staying calm under pressure
- confidence working flexibly
- excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
- good problem-solving skills
- caring for patients with sensitivity and empathy
Find your next ITU Nurse role
Register with Medacs and you could find your next ITU Nurse role. As a preferred supplier of staff to the NHS, you’ll be able to apply for roles before other candidates. And, when it comes to giving you lasting career support, you’ll have a dedicated consultant you can turn to whenever you need.
We can also help you negotiate the right pay package, can help you access next-day payroll, as well as providing you with free CPD courses. Register with Medacs today, and find your next ITU Nurse role at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.