Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nursing is commonly referred to as critical care nursing. Critical care nursing deals specifically with the human response to life threatening conditions. Critical care nursing is challenging due to the life-threatening health situations in the ICU.
In the 50 years since the UConn Health Center was established, the field of health care has undergone monumental changes. From advances in technology and medicine to the way patients utilize hospitals, the interaction between patients and caregivers has been transformed in virtually every aspect.
At the far end of the basement playroom, Jack Irzyk, 4, smiles as he bobs up and down to the beat of a popular radio tune. He runs his fingers over the corrugated speaker of his boom box, feeling out the texture; once in awhile, he snaps the tape player open and closed. Alone, with his hand on the radio dial, he's content. "It's easy for him to relate to music," explains his mother, Lea Irzyk. "He can control it—music happens on his own terms."
Diane Tillman and Joyce Martin ride into La Rabida Children's Hospital on a wave of laughter.
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