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Nursing Jobs: MICN is a Mobile Intensive Care Nurse who maintains contact between EMT's and the hospital. They work from the Emergency Room at the hospital via two way radio. They take in basic information about patients and relay to doctors. They also relay any orders for care back to the emergency crews.This is one of the fastest paced nursing jobs in the industry.

Job Description

  • Take calls from Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in the field

  • Give emergency orders for care according to hospital protocol

  • Relay the status of patient condition to doctors in the emergency room

  • Direct care while patient is en route to the hospital

  • Prepare an area for treatment once the patient arrives

  • Coordinate transportation to the hospital

  • Report to nurse in the area where the patient will be treated

  • May also be called to ride along for ambulance transfers

  • Some MICN nurses work in Medi-vac or air transfer positions (Life Flight)

The MICN works in an area of the emergency room that is close to doctors. They usually have a private cubicle with protocol books, medication guides, and emergency procedures on hand to direct emergency crews. They work a regular nursing shift like other nurses, but their job is to man the two way radio between paramedics and the hospital.



  • Graduate of an accredited nursing program, either Associate's or Bachelor's Degree

  • Valid RN license in your state

  • Advanced Life Support CPR (ACLS)

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

  • Critical Care Nursing (CCRN)

  • Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

  • Emergency Nursing (CEN)

  • Flight Nursing (CFRN)

The extra certifications and education take roughly three years to complete. Nurses are required to have at least a three year minimum work experience in critical care, ICU and emergency room settings.

 Job Outlook and Opportunities

Critical care nursing is expected to grow 19% by the year 2020 and over 526,000 nursing jobs: MICN are being added in this specialty field. Opportunities range from hospital emergency rooms, medi-flight companies, to major trauma centers and large university hospitals. There is a very high degree of employ-ability with the above certifications.


MICN nurses make around $69,000 up to $96,000. Pay depends on the area worked and years of experience in the critical care field.


Average Pay:                   $69,000

Education:                        Associates Degree, plus Critical Care Certifications

Number of Jobs, 2012:  2,711,500

Employment Growth:     19%

On-The-Job Training:   Yes

Work Experience:             3 Years Critical Care