Acute care registered nurses provide short-term treatment for severe or life-threatening injuries, illnesses and routine health problems. The ultimate goal of acute care is the restoration of health and stability for a patient. Acute care nurses work in hospitals, urgent care clinics and ambulatory surgical clinics. This career offers ample opportunities for education and career development, autonomy and workdays that continuously present new challenges.
Acute care registered nurses (RNs) are highly skilled and in high demand. These nurses typically only work with a patient for a short time performing duties like post-surgical treatment and chronic illness management. The nature of the role requires nurses to learn new things, solve conflicts and stay current on all new developments in health care. The vital skills of an acute care RN include empathy, interpersonal communication, decision-making and critical thinking.