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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

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

    • Monitoring

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

    • 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.

    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:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Concern for Others
    • Cooperation

    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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