Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to 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.
Common job titles of Acute Care Nurses include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
50% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
39.29% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
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.
Provide formal and informal education to other staff members.
Treat wounds or superficial lacerations.
Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in acute care.
Administer blood and blood product transfusions or intravenous infusions, monitoring patients for adverse reactions.
Participate in patients' care meetings and conferences.
Participate in the development of practice protocols.
Adjust settings on patients' assistive devices, such as temporary pacemakers.
Perform emergency medical procedures, such as basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and other condition-stabilizing interventions.
Visual acuity charts
Venous Oxygen Saturation SVO2 monitors
Vaginal exam specula
Urine analysis equipment
Urinary cathetersAll Tools
Urinalysis test strips
Transport cardiac monitors
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
Tracheal suctioning equipment
Swan Ganz artery catheters
Suture removal kits
Surgical staple removers
Surgical irrigation sets
Straight surgical scissors
Specimen collection containers
Specialty patient care beds
Pulmonary artery catheters
Protective medical face masks
Protective face shields
Pediatric crash carts
Oxygen delivery masks
Orthopedic splinting equipment
Oral suctioning equipment
Ophthalmic slit lamps
Newborn warming lamps
Nasal suctioning equipment
Multiple lumen central line catheters
Medical examination protective gloves
Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators
Manual resuscitation bags
Laceration repair trays
Intravenous IV cutdown trays
Intravenous IV administration sets
Intravenous infusion pumps
Intracranial pressure monitors
Incision drainage equipment
Graduated glass laboratory cylinders
Eye lavage kits
Evacuated blood collection tubes
Enteral feeding sets
Endotracheal ET tubes
End tidal carbon dioxide monitors
Electrosurgical cauterization machines
Electronic compressor nebulizers
Electrocardiography EKG machines
Doppler ultrasound equipment
Digital medical thermometers
Diagnostic tuning forks
Clinical trapeze traction bars
Cast cutting saws
Blood pressure monitors
Blood drawing syringes
Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators
Automated medicine dispensing equipment
Automated external defibrillators AED
Arterial line catheters
Arterial blood gas testing equipment
Allscripts Professional EHR
Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR
StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite
Texas Medical Software SpringCharts EMR
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.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Teaching others how to do something.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
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).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression