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Acute Care Nurses
SOC Code: 29-1141.01

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Charge Nurse; Charge Nurse, Cardiac Interventional Care; Clinical Educator; Clinical Nurse Educator; Clinical Staff Educator; Nurse Manager; Nursing Director; Preceptor; Progressive Care Unit Registered Nurse; Staff Nurse

Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Participate in patients' care meetings and conferences.
  • Participate in the development of practice protocols.
  • Adjust settings on patients' assistive devices such as temporary pacemakers.
  • Prescribe medications and observe patients' reactions, modifying prescriptions as needed.
  • 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.
  • Analyze the indications, contraindications, risk complications, and cost-benefit tradeoffs of therapeutic interventions.
  • Assist patients in organizing their health care system activities.

Technology Skills

  • Medical software - Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR; GE Healthcare Centricity EMR; Medscribbler Enterprise; StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite (see all 15 examples)
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel

Tools Used

  • Acute care fetal or maternal monitoring units or accessories - Fetal monitors
  • Apnea monitors or accessories - Apnea monitors
  • Arterial blood gas monitors or accessories - Arterial blood gas testing equipment
  • Arterial line catheters - Swan Ganz artery catheters
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles - Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Autotransfusion units - Autotransfusion systems
  • Bedpans for general use - Bedpans
  • Blood collection syringes - Blood drawing syringes
  • Blood pressure cuff kits - Sphygmomanometers
  • Breast pumps or its accessories - Breast pumps
  • Bronchoscopes or accessories - Bronchoscopes
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories - Cardiac monitors; Hemodynamic monitors
  • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P - Transcutaneous pacemakers; Transvenous pacemakers
  • Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes - Doppler ultrasound equipment
  • Cast cutters or saws - Cast cutting saws
  • Cast or splint carts - Cast carts
  • Central venous catheters - Multiple lumen central line catheters
  • Clinical incubators or infant warmers - Isolettes; Newborn warming lamps
  • Clinical trapeze bars - Clinical trapeze traction bars
  • Crutches or crutch accessories - Crutches
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets - Angiocaths; Pulmonary artery catheters
  • Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories - Telemetry monitors
  • Electrocardiography EKG units - Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electronic blood pressure units - Blood pressure monitors
  • Electronic medical thermometers - Digital medical thermometers
  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment - Electrosurgical cauterization machines
  • Emergency or resuscitation carts - Crash carts; Pediatric crash carts
  • End tidal carbon dioxide monitors or supplies - End tidal carbon dioxide monitors
  • Endotracheal or tracheotomy sets - Tracheotomy sets
  • Endotracheal tubes - Endotracheal ET tubes
  • Enema kits or accessories - Enema equipment
  • Enteral feeding infusion pump tubing sets - Enteral feeding sets
  • Epidural anesthesia kit or tray - Epidural catheters
  • Eye charts or vision cards - Visual acuity charts
  • Finger ring removers - Ring cutters
  • Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products - Fiberoptic endoscopes
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats - Alligator forceps; Ring forceps; Straight hemostats
  • Flow sensors or regulators or components - Oxygen flowmeters
  • Glucose monitors or meters - Blood glucometers
  • Goggles - Safety goggles
  • Gurneys or scissor lifts - Medical gurneys
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines - Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators
  • Intracranial pressure ICP monitoring units or accessories - Intracranial pressure monitors
  • Intravenous infusion pumps for general use - Intravenous infusion pumps
  • Intravenous or arterial catheter tray - Intravenous IV administration sets; Intravenous IV cutdown trays
  • Intubation forceps - Magill forceps
  • Intubator components or accessories - Intubation sets
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders - Graduated glass laboratory cylinders
  • Lancets
  • Manual resuscitators - Manual resuscitation bags
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory - Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical aspiration or irrigation syringes - Bulb syringes
  • Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves - Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical incision drainage bags or reservoirs - Incision drainage equipment
  • Medical nasal catheters or catheterization kits - Nasal catheters
  • Medical oxygen masks or parts - Oxygen delivery masks
  • Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use - Sandbags
  • Medical staff isolation or cover gown - Protective gowns
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks - Protective face shields; Protective medical face masks
  • Medical staple or clip removers - Surgical staple removers
  • Medical stapler for external use - Skin staplers
  • Medical suction or vacuum appliances - Nasal suctioning equipment; Oral suctioning equipment; Tracheal suctioning equipment
  • Medical syringe with needle - Hypodermic syringes
  • Medical tuning forks - Diagnostic tuning forks
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories - Ultrasound transducers
  • Medication or pill dispensers or accessories - Automated medicine dispensing equipment
  • Microscope slides
  • Multiparameter vital sign unit or accessories - Transport cardiac monitors
  • Nasal exam specula or dilators - Nasal specula
  • Nasogastric tubes
  • Nasopharyngeal tubes - Nasopharyngeal airways
  • Nebulizer or accessories - Electronic compressor nebulizers; Handheld nebulizers
  • Non invasive bi level machines - Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Ophthalmic irrigation or aspiration supplies or accessories - Eye lavage kits
  • Ophthalmic slit lamps
  • Ophthalmic tonometers or accessories - Ophthalmic tonometers
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets - Ophthalmoscopes; Otoscopes
  • Orthopedic splint systems - Orthopedic splinting equipment
  • Orthopedic traction hardware or weights - Traction weights
  • Ostomy appliances - Ostomy equipment
  • Otological instruments or accessories - Ear curettes
  • Oxygen concentrators
  • Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care - Specialty patient care beds
  • Patient floor scales - Medical scales
  • Patient shifting boards or accessories - Transfer boards
  • Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories - Patient restraints
  • Perfusion oxygen or hematocrit saturation monitors or accessories - Venous Oxygen Saturation SVO2 monitors
  • Pericardiocentesis needles or kits or accessories - Pericardiocentesis kits
  • Pleural cavity drainage unit or container or accessories - Chest drains
  • Pulse oximeter units - Pulse oximeters
  • Reflex hammers or mallets - Reflex hammers
  • Specimen collection container - Specimen collection containers
  • Spine boards - Backboards
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies - Incentive spirometers
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories - Occlusion clamps
  • Surgical irrigation sets or accessories - Surgical irrigation sets
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories - Surgical scalpels
  • Surgical scissors - Straight surgical scissors
  • Surgical shave kits or prep razors or clippers - Surgical razors
  • Suture removal kits or trays or packs or sets - Suture removal kits
  • Suturing kits or trays or packs or sets - Laceration repair trays
  • Tablet computers
  • Tablet crushers or accessories - Pill crushers; Pill splitters
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling blankets or drapes - Hyper/hypothermia blankets
  • Thoracentesis set or tray - Thoracentesis kits; Thoracentesis trays
  • Tongue depressors or blades or sticks - Tongue blades
  • Tourniquets
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units - Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps - Wood's lamps
  • Umbilical catheters
  • Urinalysis analyzers - Urine analysis equipment
  • Urinalysis test strips
  • Urinary catheterization kit - Urinary catheters
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers - Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Vaginal exam specula
  • Vascular or compression apparel or support - Pneumatic boots
  • Walkers or rollators - Patient walkers
  • Wheelchairs

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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • 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.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Interests

  • Interest code: SIR
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Exposed to Disease or Infections - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 96% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 88% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 96% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 89% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Physical Proximity - 81% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Consequence of Error - 88% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 81% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 81% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 69% responded “Very important results.”
  • Time Pressure - 74% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 70% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Electronic Mail - 56% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 50% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 44% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 68% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 56% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 56% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 44% responded “Very important.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 44% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 52% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 48% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 37% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 33% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 26% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 52% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 37% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People - 56% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
50%Associate's degree
39%Bachelor's degree
7%Master's degree

Work Styles

  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $33.65 hourly, $70,000 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 2,955,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Much faster than average (15% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 203,700

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