Critical Care

Critical Care and Trauma nurses at NewYork-Presbyterian are particularly renowned for their professionalism and skill.


Our nurses are highly respected, vital contributors to their specialty. We care for patients in urgent need, including patients who’ve had major invasive surgery and experienced traumatic accidents. Extensive experience in nursing makes our critical care teams an important resource for patients with life-threatening injuries, multi-organ trauma and more. Our ICUs house over 400 patient beds. Each year, over 15,000 patients are admitted for critical care.

Superior safety and outcomes motivate all we achieve. Our nurses monitor patients closely. The majority of our patients are complex and medically unstable. We interpret, integrate and respond to a wide array of clinical information. To advance and excel for patients, our nurses practice collaboratively with all members of the healthcare team.

Patient Focus
Patient centered care is the principal tenet of our mission to care. That’s why we include patients and their families in all aspects of the healing process. Our patient caseload is incredibly diverse and rigorously challenging. Families come to us from our local communities, around the nation and the world.

World-Renowned Skill
Because of our world-renowned outcomes, high-acuity patients seek us out worldwide. We boast several of the few healthcare teams that will provide care, treatment and surgery for inoperable tumors. Within the hospital, we run a Level I Trauma Center and two Level I Pediatric Trauma Centers. We also house an extensive system of Intensive Care Units, with dedicated specialists available 24/7. Critical Care settings include: Burn Center ICU, Cardiac ICU, Cardio Thoracic ICU, Medical ICU, Neonatal ICU, Neuro ICU, Pediatric Cardiac ICU, Pediatric ICU, Post-Anesthesia CU and Surgical ICU.

Where We Work:

NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital is where the community turns in times of serious medical need. Our nurses, many of whom are bilingual (English and Spanish), ensure that the patients and families receive the best of care. We have over 10 ICU beds and foster a supportive environment that encourages our nurses to excel in critical situations. Capabilities include an Adult Medical Surgical ICU and a Post-Anesthesia CU.

In addition, we're home to a comprehensive spine hospital that is the first of its kind. Here, nurses have the chance to work with some of the best spine surgeons in the world and transform patient care by delivering an innovative, patient-inspired experience. Our team of nurses deliver exceptional care throughout all stages of treatment - from pre- to post-operative. It's an opportunity like no other - and a career that makes tomorrow better for countless patients and their families.

Critical Care is an integral level of care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Our specialty commands an especially large footprint, housing over 110 ICU beds. Our Medical ICU is renowned for incredible patient care, where our nurses enjoy a broad clinical experience including transplant patients, while also managing complex technology. Our Cardiothoracic, Surgical and Cardiology ICUs manage patients who have been treated with the most complex surgical procedures anywhere in the world.

Our world-class 18 bed Neuroscience ICU features sophisticated brain monitoring and microdialysis treatments, focused on improving the outcomes of patients. Our nursing staff cares for patients with complex life-threatening neurological illnesses, such as a ruptured brain aneurysm or traumatic brain injury. Our patients are optimally managed by specialists using an interdisciplinary approach.

  • Full ICU capabilities include:
  • Cardiac Care ICU
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Medical ICU
  • Neuro ICU
  • PACU (including the Eye Institute)
  • Surgical ICU

Come to Lower Manhattan’s community hospital and feel nurses’ pride in the art of critical care and caring. Our 20-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) includes medical, surgical, neurological and step-down cases, and provides a rich and clinically diverse nursing experience.

The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital continues to be at the forefront of caring for children with complex congenital and acquired heart disease. More than 12,000 echocardiograms, 1,300 cardiac catheterizations and 600 cardiac surgeries are performed each year.

Our neonatology pediatric sub-specialty consistently ranks among the Top 10 in the nation. Our NICU is Level 4. NICU nurses are invited by hospitals and organizations worldwide to share their expertise. Together, we house over 100 ICU beds and offer one of the largest pediatric cardiac transplant programs in the United States.

  • Full ICU Capabilities Include:
  • Cardiac ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • PACU
  • Pediatric ICU

With over 80 ICU beds, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is one of the busiest, and most renowned, departments in the US. The William Randolph Hearst Burn Center, located at our facility, is the largest and busiest burn center in the nation, treating 900+ inpatients and 3,500+ outpatients annually. Our research in burn treatment has led to significant improvements in the survival rate and quality of life for adults and children. In that same spirit, our Pediatric ICU continues to work closely with the oncology department of Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Many of their pediatric oncology patients transfer to our ICU.

Burn Unit: Post-September 11, 2001
On September 11th, many survivors of the tragedy who suffered serious burn injuries were brought to the Burn Unit of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. People everywhere were desperate to help these survivors. Our nurses received thousands of calls from well-wishers around the world.

The husband of one burn patient was so moved by our care that he wrote a book about it, entitled Love, Greg & Lauren (published by Bantam Books). It’s a day-by-day account of his wife’s recovery after escaping the World Trade Center’s Tower One. Surviving burns to more than 80 percent of her body, her path to healing is remarkable.

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Neuro ICU Unit
Our Neuro ICU unit is equally renowned. In addition to a rich concentration of Neuro ICU resources, we enjoy a luxury few centers can boast—several experienced neuro-physician “intensivists”—that help make the hospital a major transfer center. Our Neuro ICU’s expert team of nurses has extensive education and experience in both neurology and critical care. We provide round-the-clock surveillance, state-of-the-art monitoring and specialized care aimed at minimizing any immediate or delayed brain damage, maximizing a patient’s chance for recovery. Our Interventional Neuro-Radiology (INR) unit has also recently expanded into new facilities.

The NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center Neuro ICU, 2SW, was recently recognized with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) highest honor, the Beacon Award for Excellence. The Award recognizes those “individual critical care units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care.” 2SW was selected for their efforts in improving patient experience and outcomes, and incorporating evidence-based practice.

Full ICU Capabilities Include:

  • Adults
  • Burn ICU
  • Cardiac Care ICU
  • Cardio Thoracic ICU
  • Medical ICU
  • Neuro ICU
  • PACU
  • Surgical ICU
  • Pediatric
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Pediatric ICU

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Prerequisites for Critical Care

  • Clinical Nurses:
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing preferred

  • Nurse Leaders:
  • Master’s in Nursing or related field required
  • Current license as an RN
  • Certification highly recommended

Education and Training
We offer an abundance of educational opportunities at the unit, departmental and hospital levels. Nurses are encouraged and supported to both attend and present at conferences. Examples of our programs include:

  • Our Division of Nursing Education’s critical care courses.
  • Our EMS Training Center’s life support classes such as BCLS, PALS and ACLS.
  • Our School of Continuing Education for Nurses offers conferences and certification prep courses.

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