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Critical Care Nurses
SOC Code: 29-1141.03

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

Sample of reported job titles: Burn Center Nurse; Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Registered Nurse; Catheterization Laboratory Senior Manager (Cath Lab Senior Manager); Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN); Critical Care Unit Manager; ICU Staff Nurse (Intensive Care Unit Staff Nurse); Intensive Care Unit Nurse; Registered Nurse Supervisor (RN Supervisor); Staff Nurse; Staff Nurse, ICU Resource Team (Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Unit Resource Team)

Tasks

  • 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.
  • Set up and monitor medical equipment and devices such as cardiac monitors, mechanical ventilators and alarms, oxygen delivery devices, transducers, or pressure lines.
  • Administer medications intravenously, by injection, orally, through gastric tubes, or by other methods.
  • 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.
  • Compile and analyze data obtained from monitoring or diagnostic tests.
  • Administer blood and blood products, monitoring patients for signs and symptoms related to transfusion reactions.
  • Assist physicians with procedures such as bronchoscopy, endoscopy, endotracheal intubation, or elective cardioversion.
  • Collaborate with other health care professionals to develop and revise treatment plans, based on identified needs and assessment data.
  • Collect specimens for laboratory tests.
  • Document patients' treatment plans, interventions, outcomes, or plan revisions.
  • Identify malfunctioning equipment or devices.
  • Advocate for patients' and families' needs, or provide emotional support for patients and their families.
  • Perform approved therapeutic or diagnostic procedures, based upon patients' clinical status.
  • Identify patients at risk of complications due to nutritional status.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that equipment or devices are properly stored after use.
  • Coordinate patient care conferences.
  • 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.
  • Provide post-mortem care.

Technology Skills

  • Information retrieval or search software - American Association of Critical Care Nurses AACN Medicopeia; PEPID RN Critical Care RNCC
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Medical software - Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR System; Epic Systems ; GE Healthcare Centricity EMR; MEDITECH software (see all 18 examples)
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Project management software - Microsoft SharePoint
  • Word processing software

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
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles - Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Autotransfusion units - Autotransfusion systems
  • Bedpans for general use - Bedpans
  • Blanket frames or lifters - Foot cradles
  • Blood collection syringes - Blood drawing syringes
  • Blood pressure cuff kits - Sphygmomanometers
  • Blood warming or transfusion systems - Blood warming equipment
  • 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; Echocardiogram equipment
  • Central venous catheters - Multiple lumen central line catheters
  • Clinical trapeze bars - Clinical trapeze traction bars
  • Continuous arteriovenous dialysis CAVHD units or related products - Kidney dialysis equipment
  • Continuous passive motion CPM devices or accessories - Continuous passive motion CPM equipment
  • 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
  • Emergency or resuscitation carts - Crash carts
  • End tidal carbon dioxide monitors or supplies
  • 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
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats - Straight hemostats
  • Flow sensors or regulators or components - Oxygen flowmeters
  • Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks - Therapeutic whirlpool baths
  • Geriatric chairs or accessories - Geriatric chairs
  • Glucose monitors or meters - Blood glucometers
  • Goggles - Safety goggles
  • Gurneys or scissor lifts - Medical gurneys
  • Head or neck traction supplies - Crutchfield tongs; Halo traction equipment
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines - Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators
  • Intraaortic balloon pump and accessories - Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP
  • 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
  • Intubator components or accessories - Intubation sets
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders - Graduated glass laboratory cylinders
  • Lancets
  • Laryngoscopes or accessories - Flexible laryngoscopes
  • 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 cannulae
  • Medical oxygen masks or parts - Oxygen delivery masks
  • 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 suction or vacuum appliances - Nasal suctioning equipment; Oral suctioning equipment; Tracheal suctioning equipment
  • Medical syringe with needle - Hypodermic syringes
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories - Ultrasound transducers
  • Medication or pill dispensers or accessories - Automated medicine dispensing equipment
  • Multichannel intravenous infusion pumps - Multiple line infusion pumps
  • Multiparameter vital sign unit or accessories - Transport cardiac monitors
  • Nasogastric tubes
  • Nebulizer or accessories - Electronic compressor nebulizers; Handheld nebulizers
  • Non invasive bi level machines - Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators
  • Non invasive continuous positive air pressure machines - Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP ventilators
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets - Otoscopes
  • Orthopedic splint systems - Orthopedic splinting equipment
  • Orthopedic traction hardware or weights - Traction weights
  • Ostomy appliances - Ostomy equipment
  • Oxygen concentrators
  • Patient bed or table scales for general use - Bed scales
  • Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care - Specialty patient care beds
  • Patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps - Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
  • Patient floor scales - Medical scales
  • Patient lifts or accessories - Hoyer lifts
  • 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
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers - Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Pleural cavity drainage unit or container or accessories - Chest drains
  • Pocket calculator - Handheld calculators
  • Pulse oximeter units - Pulse oximeters
  • Specimen collection container - Specimen collection containers
  • 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
  • Tablet computers
  • Tablet crushers or accessories - Pill crushers; Pill splitters
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling blankets or drapes - Cooling blankets; Hyper/hypothermia blankets
  • Therapeutic ice packs or pillows - Ice collars
  • Thoracentesis set or tray - Thoracentesis trays
  • Tourniquets
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units - Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Urinalysis test strips
  • Urinary catheterization kit - Urinary catheters
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers - Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Vascular or compression apparel or support - Pneumatic boots
  • Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing - Sequential compression devices
  • Ventricular assist devices - Ventricular assist devices VAD
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • 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).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • 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).
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • 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.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • 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).
  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Memorization - The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
  • 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

  • Telephone - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections - 95% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 95% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 85% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 75% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Consequence of Error - 85% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Contact With Others - 75% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 85% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 75% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 55% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 70% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 60% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 50% responded “Very important results.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 60% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 65% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 50% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Time Pressure - 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 37% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 45% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 40% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 40% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 35% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 35% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 35% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Exposed to Radiation - 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 45% responded “About half the time.”
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People - 50% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
45%Associate's degree
45%Bachelor's degree
5%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • 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.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • 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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