Details Report for:
29-1141.01 - Acute Care Nurses
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
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Tools used in this occupation:
- 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
- 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
- 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
Technology used in this occupation:
- Medical software — eClinicalWorks software; GE Healthcare Centricity EMR; Medscribbler Enterprise; StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite (see all 15 examples)
- Record patient medical histories.
- Diagnose medical conditions.
- Prescribe medications.
- Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
- Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
- Monitor patients following surgeries or other treatments.
- Process healthcare paperwork.
- Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
- Adjust prostheses or other assistive devices.
- Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
- Collect biological specimens from patients.
- Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
- Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
- Treat medical emergencies.
- Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
- Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
- Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members.
- Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
- Administer blood or other fluids intravenously.
- Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health.
- Train medical providers.
- Evaluate treatment options to guide medical decisions.
- Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
- Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
- Advise patients on healthcare system processes.
- Establish nursing policies or standards.
- Assess patient work, living, or social environments.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||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.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
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.
|29-1141.03||Critical Care Nurses Bright Outlook|
|29-2031.00||Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians|
|29-2041.00||Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics|
|29-2054.00||Respiratory Therapy Technicians|
|29-2061.00||Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses|
|31-2021.00||Physical Therapist Assistants|
|39-1021.00||First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers|
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Registered Nurses.
Employment data collected from Registered Nurses.
Industry data collected from Registered Nurses.
|Median wages (2014)||$32.04 hourly, $66,640 annual|
|Employment (2014)||2,751,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Much faster than average (14% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||1,088,400|
|Top industries (2014)||
Health Care and Social Assistance (87% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Registered nurses . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.