Document data related to patients' care, including assessment results, interventions, medications, patient responses, or treatment changes.
Perform administrative duties that facilitate admission, transfer, or discharge of patients.
Discuss illnesses and treatments with patients and family members.
Obtain specimens or samples for laboratory work.
Refer patients for specialty consultations or treatments.
Interpret information obtained from electrocardiograms (EKGs) or radiographs (x-rays).
Diagnose acute or chronic conditions that could result in rapid physiological deterioration or life-threatening instability.
Assess the needs of patients' family members or caregivers.
Collaborate with members of multidisciplinary health care teams to plan, manage, or assess patient treatments.
Set up, operate, or monitor invasive equipment and devices, such as colostomy or tracheotomy equipment, mechanical ventilators, catheters, gastrointestinal tubes, and central lines.
Collaborate with patients to plan for future health care needs or to coordinate transitions and referrals.
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.
Assess urgent and emergent health conditions, using both physiologically and technologically derived data.
Manage patients' pain relief and sedation by providing pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, monitoring patients' responses, and changing care plans accordingly.
Distinguish between normal and abnormal developmental and age-related physiological and behavioral changes in acute, critical, and chronic illness.
Assist patients in organizing their health care system activities.
Analyze the indications, contraindications, risk complications, and cost-benefit tradeoffs of therapeutic interventions.
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.
Prescribe medications and observe patients' reactions, modifying prescriptions as needed.