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Critical Care Nurses

Provide specialized nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Monitor patients for changes in status and indications of conditions such as sepsis or shock and institute appropriate interventions.
    • Evaluate patients' vital signs or laboratory data to determine emergency intervention needs.
    • Administer medications intravenously, by injection, orally, through gastric tubes, or by other methods.
    • Set up and monitor medical equipment and devices such as cardiac monitors, mechanical ventilators and alarms, oxygen delivery devices, transducers, or pressure lines.
    • Assess patients' pain levels or sedation requirements.
    • Conduct pulmonary assessments to identify abnormal respiratory patterns or breathing sounds that indicate problems.
    • Monitor patients' fluid intake and output to detect emerging problems, such as fluid and electrolyte imbalances.
    • Document patients' medical histories and assessment findings.
    • Prioritize nursing care for assigned critically ill patients, based on assessment data or identified needs.
    • Administer blood and blood products, monitoring patients for signs and symptoms related to transfusion reactions.
    • Compile and analyze data obtained from monitoring or diagnostic tests.
    • Assist physicians with procedures such as bronchoscopy, endoscopy, endotracheal intubation, or elective cardioversion.
    • Document patients' treatment plans, interventions, outcomes, or plan revisions.
    • Collect specimens for laboratory tests.
    • Collaborate with other health care professionals to develop and revise treatment plans, based on identified needs and assessment data.
    • Identify malfunctioning equipment or devices.
    • Advocate for patients' and families' needs, or provide emotional support for patients and their families.
    • Assess patients' psychosocial status and needs, including areas such as sleep patterns, anxiety, grief, anger, and support systems.
    • Assess family adaptation levels and coping skills to determine whether intervention is needed.
    • Identify patients' age-specific needs and alter care plans as necessary to meet those needs.
    • Supervise and monitor unit nursing staff.
    • Participate in professional organizations and continuing education to improve practice knowledge and skills.
    • Participate in the development, review, or evaluation of nursing practice protocols.
    • Plan, provide, or evaluate educational programs for nursing staff, interdisciplinary health care team members, or community members.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 67580/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 32.49/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 127,430
    • Yearly Projected Openings 8,360

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Concern for Others
    • Self Control
    • Integrity

    Tools

    • Medical suction or vacuum appliances
    • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
    • Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
    • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P
    • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories

    Technology

    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Internet browser software
    • Information retrieval or search software
    • Human resources software

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