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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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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
97   Core Perform emergency medical procedures, such as basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and other condition stabilizing interventions.
96   Core Manage patients' pain relief and sedation by providing pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, monitoring patients' responses, and changing care plans accordingly.
96   Core Document data related to patients' care including assessment results, interventions, medications, patient responses, or treatment changes.
94   Core Diagnose acute or chronic conditions that could result in rapid physiological deterioration or life-threatening instability.
94   Core Administer blood and blood product transfusions or intravenous infusions, monitoring patients for adverse reactions.
94   Core Assess urgent and emergent health conditions using both physiologically and technologically derived data.
89   Core 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.
86   Core Interpret information obtained from electrocardiograms (EKGs) or radiographs (x-rays).
85   Core Obtain specimens or samples for laboratory work.
85   Core Collaborate with patients to plan for future health care needs or to coordinate transitions and referrals.
85   Core Refer patients for specialty consultations or treatments.
84   Core Set up, operate, or monitor invasive equipment and devices such as colostomy or tracheotomy equipment, mechanical ventilators, catheters, gastrointestinal tubes, and central lines.
83   Core Discuss illnesses and treatments with patients and family members.
83   Core Distinguish between normal and abnormal developmental and age-related physiological and behavioral changes in acute, critical, and chronic illness.
80   Core Collaborate with members of multidisciplinary health care teams to plan, manage, or assess patient treatments.
77   Core Assess the needs of patients' family members or caregivers.
76   Core Perform administrative duties that facilitate admission, transfer, or discharge of patients.
75   Core Provide formal and informal education to other staff members.
75   Core Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in acute care.
73   Core Treat wounds or superficial lacerations.
71   Core Participate in patients' care meetings and conferences.
64   Core Participate in the development of practice protocols.
92   Supplemental Adjust settings on patients' assistive devices such as temporary pacemakers.
88   Supplemental Prescribe medications and observe patients' reactions, modifying prescriptions as needed.
81   Supplemental 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.
73   Supplemental Analyze the indications, contraindications, risk complications, and cost-benefit tradeoffs of therapeutic interventions.
71   Supplemental Assist patients in organizing their health care system activities.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Blood pressure cuff kits — Sphygmomanometers
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
Clinical incubators or infant warmers — Isolettes; Newborn warming lamps
Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets — Angiocaths; Pulmonary artery catheters
Emergency or resuscitation carts — Crash carts; Pediatric crash carts
Endotracheal or tracheotomy sets — Tracheotomy sets
Enteral feeding infusion pump tubing sets — Enteral feeding sets
Floor grade forceps or hemostats — Alligator forceps; Ring forceps; Straight hemostats
Intravenous infusion pumps for general use — Intravenous infusion pumps
Intravenous or arterial catheter tray — Intravenous IV administration sets; Intravenous IV cutdown trays
Medical nasal catheters or catheterization kits — Nasal catheters
Medical staff isolation or surgical masks — Protective face shields; Protective medical face masks
Medical stapler for external use — Skin staplers
Medical suction or vacuum appliances — Nasal suctioning equipment; Oral suctioning equipment; Tracheal suctioning equipment
Nebulizer or accessories — Electronic compressor nebulizers; Handheld nebulizers
Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets — Ophthalmoscopes; Otoscopes
Tablet crushers or accessories — Pill crushers; Pill splitters
Thoracentesis set or tray — Thoracentesis kits; Thoracentesis trays

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)

See all 121 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
91   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.
84   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.
82   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
79   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.
77   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.
72   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.
60   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
58   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
52   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
49   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
47   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
43   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.
42   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
40   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
40   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
40   Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
35   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
31   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
31   Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
30   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
26   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
20   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
19   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
17   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
17   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
17   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
15   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
10   Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
10   History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
75   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.
75   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
75   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
75   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
75   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
75   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
75   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
69   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
69   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
69   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
69   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
63   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
60   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
53   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
53   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
50   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
50   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
50   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
50   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
50   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
50   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
50   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
47   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
44   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
38   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
35   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
28   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
25   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
25   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
25   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
22   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
16   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
 Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
 Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
78   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
78   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.
75   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
75   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
75   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).
75   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
75   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
75   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
72   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
72   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
69   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
53   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
53   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50   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).
50   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
50   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.
50   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).
50   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
47   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
47   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.
47   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
44   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.
44   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
44   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
41   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
35   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
31   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
31   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
28   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
28   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
25   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
25   Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
25   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
25   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
25   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
25   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
19   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.
19   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
16   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
16   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
16   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
13   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
13   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
10   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
10   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
  Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
95   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
  • Administer blood or other fluids intravenously.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
  • Treat medical emergencies.
95   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Record patient medical histories.
87   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
86   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
84   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
83   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
80   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
79   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
78   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
78   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
77   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
76   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Monitor patients following surgeries or other treatments.
76   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
75   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
74   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
73   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Adjust prostheses or other assistive devices.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
72   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members.
71   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
71   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Train medical providers.
70   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
68   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
68   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
66   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
62   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
60   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
57   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
55   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
52   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
52   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Establish nursing policies or standards.
52   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Assess patient work, living, or social environments.
  • Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health.
  • Evaluate treatment options to guide medical decisions.
51   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
  • Process healthcare paperwork.
49   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
48   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Advise patients on healthcare system processes.
47   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
47   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
  • Prescribe medications.
43   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
34   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
25   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
21   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
14   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
10   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


100     Every day
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


100     Every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


96     Every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


88     Extremely important
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


96     Every day
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


89     Constant contact with others
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


81     Very close (near touching)
19     Moderately close (at arm's length)
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


88     Extremely serious
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


81     Extremely important
15     Very important
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


81     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


69     Very important results
27     Important results
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


74     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


70     Extremely important
19     Very important
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


56     Every day
37     Once a week or more but not every day
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


50     A lot of freedom
38     Some freedom
12     Limited freedom
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


44     A lot of freedom
41     Some freedom
15     Limited freedom
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


68     Every day
16     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Never
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


56     Very high responsibility
15     High responsibility
19     Moderate responsibility
11     Limited responsibility
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


26     Every day
56     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


33     Extremely important
44     Very important
11     Important
11     Fairly important
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


23     Every day
54     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


26     Very high responsibility
44     High responsibility
11     Moderate responsibility
19     Limited responsibility
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


52     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Once a year or more but not every month
11     Never
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


19     Continually or almost continually
48     More than half the time
26     About half the time
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


37     Every day
22     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Once a year or more but not every month
15     Never
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


33     Extremely important
22     Very important
19     Important
19     Fairly important
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


26     Every day
26     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
22     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


11     Continually or almost continually
52     More than half the time
19     About half the time
19     Less than half the time
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


11     Continually or almost continually
33     More than half the time
11     About half the time
37     Less than half the time
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


19     Once a week or more but not every day
56     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


30     Highly competitive
26     Moderately competitive
22     Slightly competitive
15     Not at all competitive
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


19     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
23     Once a year or more but not every month
23     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


15     Every day
26     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Once a year or more but not every month
26     Never
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


16     More than 40 hours
60     40 hours
24     Less than 40 hours
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


32     More than half the time
12     About half the time
48     Less than half the time
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


19     More than half the time
12     About half the time
54     Less than half the time
12     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


19     Highly automated
31     Moderately automated
27     Slightly automated
23     Not at all automated
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


19     Every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
56     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


19     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Once a year or more but not every month
37     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


22     About half the time
78     Less than half the time
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


11     Every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
48     Once a year or more but not every month
30     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


67     Less than half the time
22     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


11     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a year or more but not every month
63     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


33     Once a year or more but not every month
52     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


11     Fairly important
74     Not important at all
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


48     Less than half the time
48     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


11     Once a year or more but not every month
85     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


93     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


19     Once a year or more but not every month
81     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


96     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


96     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


100     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


100     Never
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


100     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


100     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


100     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


100     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
50   Associate's degree
39   Bachelor's degree
  Master's degree

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
72   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.
56   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.
22   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
17   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
11   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
97   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
97   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
94   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
94   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
93   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
93   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
92   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
90   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
86   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
85   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
81   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
78   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
78   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
78   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
74   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.
63   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
89   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.
78   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.
78   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.
70   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
61   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
56   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Registered Nurses.
Employment data collected from Registered Nurses.
Industry data collected from Registered Nurses.

Median wages (2013) $31.84 hourly, $66,220 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 2,712,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 1,052,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Health Care and Social Assistance (86% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Registered Nurses external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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