Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Provide advanced nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.
Common job titles of Critical 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.
45% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
45% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
Assess family adaptation levels and coping skills to determine whether intervention is needed.
Identify patients at risk of complications due to nutritional status.
Advocate for patients' and families' needs, or provide emotional support for patients and their families.
Collect specimens for laboratory tests.
Assess patients' pain levels or sedation requirements.
Monitor patients for changes in status and indications of conditions such as sepsis or shock and institute appropriate interventions.
Ensure that equipment or devices are properly stored after use.
Perform approved therapeutic or diagnostic procedures, based upon patients' clinical status.
Identify malfunctioning equipment or devices.
Collaborate with other health care professionals to develop and revise treatment plans, based on identified needs and assessment data.
Document patients' treatment plans, interventions, outcomes, or plan revisions.
Compile and analyze data obtained from monitoring or diagnostic tests.
Prioritize nursing care for assigned critically ill patients, based on assessment data or identified needs.
Document patients' medical histories and assessment findings.
Monitor patients' fluid intake and output to detect emerging problems, such as fluid and electrolyte imbalances.
Conduct pulmonary assessments to identify abnormal respiratory patterns or breathing sounds that indicate problems.
Administer medications intravenously, by injection, orally, through gastric tubes, or by other methods.
Set up and monitor medical equipment and devices such as cardiac monitors, mechanical ventilators and alarms, oxygen delivery devices, transducers, or pressure lines.
Evaluate patients' vital signs or laboratory data to determine emergency intervention needs.
Identify patients' age-specific needs and alter care plans as necessary to meet those needs.
Assess patients' psychosocial status and needs, including areas such as sleep patterns, anxiety, grief, anger, and support systems.
Supervise and monitor unit nursing staff.
Assist physicians with procedures such as bronchoscopy, endoscopy, endotracheal intubation, or elective cardioversion.
Administer blood and blood products, monitoring patients for signs and symptoms related to transfusion reactions.
Participate in professional organizations and continuing education to improve practice knowledge and skills.
Plan, provide, or evaluate educational programs for nursing staff, interdisciplinary health care team members, or community members.
Participate in the development, review, or evaluation of nursing practice protocols.
Coordinate patient care conferences.
Provide post-mortem care.
Ventricular assist devices VAD
Venous Oxygen Saturation SVO2 monitors
Urinalysis test strips
Transvenous pacemakersAll Tools
Transport cardiac monitors
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
Tracheal suctioning equipment
Therapeutic whirlpool baths
Suture removal kits
Surgical staple removers
Surgical irrigation sets
Straight surgical scissors
Specimen collection containers
Specialty patient care beds
Sequential compression devices
Pulmonary artery catheters
Protective medical face masks
Protective face shields
Personal digital assistants PDA
Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
Oxygen delivery masks
Orthopedic splinting equipment
Oral suctioning equipment
Nasal suctioning equipment
Multiple lumen central line catheters
Multiple line infusion pumps
Medical nasal cannulae
Medical examination protective gloves
Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators
Manual resuscitation bags
Kidney dialysis equipment
Intravenous IV administration sets
Intravenous infusion pumps
Intracranial pressure monitors
Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP
Incision drainage equipment
Halo traction equipment
Graduated glass laboratory cylinders
Evacuated blood collection tubes
Enteral feeding sets
Endotracheal ET tubes
End tidal carbon dioxide monitors or supplies
Electronic compressor nebulizers
Electrocardiography EKG machines
Doppler ultrasound equipment
Digital medical thermometers
Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP ventilators
Continuous passive motion CPM equipment
Clinical trapeze traction bars
Blood warming equipment
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
American Association of Critical Care Nurses AACN Medicopeia
Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR System
Cerner MillenniumAll Technologies
GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
MEDITECH Healthcare Information System HCIS
MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR
PEPID RN Critical Care RNCC
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.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Teaching others how to do something.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
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.
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
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
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
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
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
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
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
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.
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.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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.
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.
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.