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Acute Care Nurses

Provide advanced nursing care for patients with acute conditions such as heart attacks, respiratory distress syndrome, or shock. May care for pre- and post-operative patients or perform advanced, invasive diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Perform emergency medical procedures, such as basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and other condition-stabilizing interventions.
    • Manage patients' pain relief and sedation by providing pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, monitoring patients' responses, and changing care plans accordingly.
    • Document data related to patients' care, including assessment results, interventions, medications, patient responses, or treatment changes.
    • Diagnose acute or chronic conditions that could result in rapid physiological deterioration or life-threatening instability.
    • Administer blood and blood product transfusions or intravenous infusions, monitoring patients for adverse reactions.
    • Assess urgent and emergent health conditions, using both physiologically and technologically derived data.
    • Adjust settings on patients' assistive devices, such as temporary pacemakers.
    • Assess the impact of illnesses or injuries on patients' health, function, growth, development, nutrition, sleep, rest, quality of life, or family, social and educational relationships.
    • Prescribe medications and observe patients' reactions, modifying prescriptions as needed.
    • Interpret information obtained from electrocardiograms (EKGs) or radiographs (x-rays).
    • Obtain specimens or samples for laboratory work.
    • Collaborate with patients to plan for future health care needs or to coordinate transitions and referrals.
    • Refer patients for specialty consultations or treatments.
    • Set up, operate, or monitor invasive equipment and devices, such as colostomy or tracheotomy equipment, mechanical ventilators, catheters, gastrointestinal tubes, and central lines.
    • Discuss illnesses and treatments with patients and family members.
    • Distinguish between normal and abnormal developmental and age-related physiological and behavioral changes in acute, critical, and chronic illness.
    • Order, perform, or interpret the results of diagnostic tests and screening procedures based on assessment results, differential diagnoses, and knowledge about age, gender and health status of clients.
    • Collaborate with members of multidisciplinary health care teams to plan, manage, or assess patient treatments.
    • Assess the needs of patients' family members or caregivers.
    • Perform administrative duties that facilitate admission, transfer, or discharge of patients.
    • Provide formal and informal education to other staff members.
    • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in acute care.
    • Treat wounds or superficial lacerations.
    • Analyze the indications, contraindications, risk complications, and cost-benefit tradeoffs of therapeutic interventions.
    • Participate in patients' care meetings and conferences.
    • Assist patients in organizing their health care system activities.
    • Participate in the development of practice protocols.

    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.

    • Critical Thinking

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

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

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

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

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

    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.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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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:
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Concern for Others

    Tools

    • Medical suction or vacuum appliances
    • Floor grade forceps or hemostats
    • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P
    • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
    • Arterial line catheters

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