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Critical Care Nurse Practitioner (CCNP)
Critical Care Nurse Practitioners (CCNP) are registered nurses with graduate preparation in advanced practice registered nursing (APRN), who provide direct care to individuals and/or groups in critical care settings. Under the administrative direction of the Medical Director and Nursing Director, the CCNP provides clinical management to patients including:
- Critical care interventions
- Intensive care monitoring
- Diagnosing and prescribing treatments
- Therapeutics and medications
- Coordinating referrals
- Discharging patients from the ICU
The orientation, on-boarding, and residency of the CCNP is designed as three separate and distinct, but interlocking phases. Each phase introduces the CCNP to a different dimension of critical care practice.
First, under the supervision of a critical care clinical nurse specialist, the CCNP completes orientation to organizational systems, structures, and processes. Next the CCNP begins to learn patient care management under the instruction of the medical team and through a Socratic process with an experienced critical care physician. Last, the CCNP is guided through the process of developing advanced skills and procedures under supervision of the critical care faculty. Obtainment of clearly defined goals allows the CCNP to begin practicing a fully contributing member of the medical team.
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