A Day in the Life of an ICU Nurse

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is an extreme workplace environment. Patients require acute care – and their condition can change within seconds. Loved ones are anxious and often in a state of shock and disbelief. In this high-pressure environment, healthcare professionals manage life and death situations through gruelling 12-hour shifts. In a neurological ICU, the slightest change in their condition can have a significant impact on a patients’ life, behaviours, capacities, and capabilities.


nurse working in ICU

“I always think to myself - what kind of nurse would I want to care for my mother. I keep that at the back of my mind, and that is what pushes me to be the best I can be.”

-Jestina Jack, Nurse, Intensive Care Unit, The Neuro


nurse taking care of a patient

Try to keep up with Jestina Jack on a Day in her Life as an Intensive Care Unit nurse at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) in Montreal, Canada.

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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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