Intensive care nurse - Salary and Career

Intensive care nurse - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They provide patient and/or client care, coordinate, plan actions and audit nursing and/or perfusion services. Nurses implement actions to promote health in the community. Perfusionists perform cardiopulmonary bypass procedures in hospitals. All professionals in this occupational family can conduct research.

How much does an Intensive care nurse earn

A Intensive care nurse earns between $2.379 and $8.061 per month, with an average monthly salary of $3.750 and a median salary of $3.082 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 1.406 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Intensive care nurse

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 3.750 45.001 938 20
1º Quartile 2.379 28.550 595 13
Median Salary 3.082 36.988 771 17
3º Quartile 6.148 73.772 1.537 33
Higher Salary 8.061 96.732 2.015 43

Professional job categories

  • Science and arts professionals
    • professionals of biological sciences, health
      • medical professionals, health
        • nurses

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Main workplaces

Nurses they work in the areas of health and social services. They carry out activities in public and private companies. The vast majority of nurses are registered, while perfusionists can also act as self-employed and employers. Both work as a team, indoors. Nurses work shifts (day/night), except for professionals who work in the Family Health Strategy, who work only during daytime hours and with a workload determined in a specific ordinance. Perfusionists work irregular hours. Nursing professionals are predominantly female, but the number of male professionals has increased in recent years. They are exposed to biological risks and - with the exception of Health and Occupational Nurses - to toxic materials, radiation, contamination by piercing-cutting materials and stress resulting from dealing with human life. Perfusionists work in uncomfortable positions for long periods and under constant supervision.

What does it take to work in the field of Nurses

The training required for nurses is a bachelor's degree and registration in Corem, while for perfusionists, training in a higher education course in the areas of biological or health sciences and a specialization course of 1400 hours is required. The full exercise of activities, for nurses, occurs after one to two years of professional experience, with the exception of those who work in the Family Health Strategy, where there is no requirement for previous experience. To be an expert in the area, it is recommended that the professional first go through different areas of work and later specialize in one of them. In the case of perfusionists, the full exercise of activities occurs after three to four years of professional experience.

Functions and activities of Intensive care nurse

Nurses must:

  • implementing actions for health promotion;
  • audit nursing and/or perfusion services;
  • planning nursing and/or perfusion actions;
  • auditing nursing and/or infusion services;
  • coordinate nursing and/or infusion services;
  • promoting family health;
  • planning nursing actions and/or perfusion;
  • perform research in nursing and/or perfusion;
  • provide patient/client assistance;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • perform research in nursing and/or perfusion;
  • coordinate nursing and/or perfusion services;
  • provide assistance to the patient/client;
  • auditing nursing and/or perfusion services;
  • coordinating nursing and/or infusion services;
  • implement actions for health promotion;
  • audit nursing services and/or perfusion;
  • audit nursing services and/or infusion;
  • providing patient/client assistance;
  • providing assistance to the patient/client;
  • audit nursing services and/or infusion;
  • perform extracorporeal circulation procedure;
  • audit nursing and/or infusion services;
  • promote family health;
  • plan nursing actions and/or perfusion;
  • carry out research in nursing and/or perfusion;
  • planning nursing and/or perfusion actions;

  • Activities

    • define quality assessment methods;
    • participating in worker health programs and campaigns;
    • perform exams;
    • change body temperature;
    • confronting the situation with information from legislation and standards;
    • interpret hemodynamic and laboratory data;
    • request exams;
    • calculate drug dosage and arterial flow;
    • participating in the development of health projects and policies;
    • demonstrate organization;
    • collect data and samples;
    • analyze data;
    • investigate irregularities related to the assistance provided;
    • participate in team evaluations;
    • participating in the planning of actions by community health workers;
    • capture research funds;
    • updating registration information;
    • developing educational material;
    • evaluate results;
    • mapping area of operation;
    • facilitate interaction between the acs and ubs professionals;
    • identify partners and resources available in the community;
    • participate in the management of inputs;
    • creating procedure strategies;
    • develop technical and scientific works;
    • guiding community participation in educational activities;
    • check equipment operation;
    • dismantle cec set;
    • reinfuse residual volume of the circuit;
    • define type of equipment and material;
    • coordinating the care of users;
    • perform an active search for local situations;
    • preparing reports and documents;
    • define actions according to local priorities;
    • participating in the work of multidisciplinary teams;
    • check stock of blood products and blood components;
    • monitor the clinical evolution of patients;
    • assemble cec set;
    • define health promotion strategies for specific situations and groups;
    • activate a multiprofessional health team;
    • analyze medical records;
    • operate set of circulatory and ventilatory support;
    • identify groups, families and individuals exposed to risks;
    • discard used material;
    • participating in the elaboration of health projects and policies;
    • demonstrate ability to interpret verbal and non-verbal language;
    • prescribe nursing actions;
    • select materials and equipment;
    • develop continuing education programs;
    • prescribe medication;
    • demonstrate flexibility;
    • developing action projects;
    • identify risk areas;
    • prescribing medication;
    • demonstrate ability to adapt to situations;
    • record observations, care and procedures provided;
    • to be responsible for all services provided to the enrolled population;
    • demonstrate ability to work in a team;
    • diagnose the situation;
    • request exams;
    • analyze the assistance provided by the nursing team;
    • demonstrate ability to listen;
    • participate in planning activities;
    • demonstrate sensitivity;
    • serving users in ubs, homes or community spaces;
    • remove circulatory and ventilatory support;
    • guiding the team for infection control in health units;
    • promote comprehensive care;
    • organizing health promotion groups;
    • set goals;
    • demonstrate manual dexterity;
    • encouraging community participation;
    • fill equipment with perfusate(prime or priming);
    • check for irregularities related to the assistance provided;
    • demonstrate ability to provide humanized care;
    • organize study groups;
    • monitor work process;
    • guiding community participation in educational actions;
    • developing continuing education programs;
    • participating in campaigns to combat health problems;
    • raise research funds;
    • participate in continuing education activities;
    • defining health promotion strategies for specific situations and groups;
    • demonstrate leadership ability;
    • setting priorities;
    • administer medication;
    • submit research results for publication;
    • perform myocardial protection(cardioplegia);
    • survey needs and problems;
    • demonstrate negotiation skills;
    • define territory of action;
    • carry out disease prevention and curative actions;
    • serve patients/clients at home;
    • demonstrate attention ability;
    • demonstrate quick thinking;
    • evaluate performance of subordinates and peers;
    • registering activities in information systems;
    • provide direct assistance to critically ill patients;
    • check the consistency of the nursing record with pathology;
    • collaborate with teaching and research entities;
    • identify users' needs;
    • evaluating actions of community health workers;
    • apply methods for quality assessment;
    • confront the situation with information from legislation and standards;
    • performing nursing consultations;
    • performing more complex procedures;
    • notify diseases, injuries and situations of local importance;
    • monitor the selection process of nursing and/or perfusion professionals;
    • standardize nursing and/or perfusion norms and procedures;
    • demonstrate self-control;

    Sectors that hire Intensive care nurse the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • health management support activities
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • nursing activities
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations
    • combined office and administrative support services
    • complementary diagnostic and therapeutic services activities
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing surgical procedures
    • regulation of health, education, cultural services and other social services activities
    • general public administration

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