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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

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Acute care fetal or maternal monitoring units or accessories — Fetal monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Apnea monitors or accessories — Apnea monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arterial blood gas monitors or accessories — Arterial blood gas testing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arterial line catheters — Swan Ganz artery catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Autotransfusion units — Autotransfusion systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bedpans for general use — Bedpans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood collection syringes — Blood drawing syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood pressure cuff kits — Sphygmomanometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Breast pumps or its accessories — Breast pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bronchoscopes or accessories — Bronchoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Cardiac monitors; Hemodynamic monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P — Transcutaneous pacemakers; Transvenous pacemakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes — Doppler ultrasound equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cast cutters or saws — Cast cutting saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cast or splint carts — Cast carts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Central venous catheters — Multiple lumen central line catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clinical incubators or infant warmers — Isolettes; Newborn warming lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clinical trapeze bars — Clinical trapeze traction bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crutches or crutch accessories — Crutches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets — Angiocaths; Pulmonary artery catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories — Telemetry monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG units — Electrocardiography EKG machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic blood pressure units — Blood pressure monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic medical thermometers — Digital medical thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment — Electrosurgical cauterization machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency or resuscitation carts — Crash carts; Pediatric crash carts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • End tidal carbon dioxide monitors or supplies — End tidal carbon dioxide monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endotracheal or tracheotomy sets — Tracheotomy sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endotracheal tubes — Endotracheal ET tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Enema kits or accessories — Enema equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Enteral feeding infusion pump tubing sets — Enteral feeding sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Epidural anesthesia kit or tray — Epidural catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eye charts or vision cards — Visual acuity charts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Finger ring removers — Ring cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products — Fiberoptic endoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats — Alligator forceps; Ring forceps; Straight hemostats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow sensors or regulators or components — Oxygen flowmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glucose monitors or meters — Blood glucometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gurneys or scissor lifts — Medical gurneys See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines — Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intracranial pressure ICP monitoring units or accessories — Intracranial pressure monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous infusion pumps for general use — Intravenous infusion pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial catheter tray — Intravenous IV administration sets; Intravenous IV cutdown trays See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intubation forceps — Magill forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intubator components or accessories — Intubation sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders — Graduated glass laboratory cylinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lancets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manual resuscitators — Manual resuscitation bags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical aspiration or irrigation syringes — Bulb syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves — Medical examination protective gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical incision drainage bags or reservoirs — Incision drainage equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical nasal catheters or catheterization kits — Nasal catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical oxygen masks or parts — Oxygen delivery masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use — Sandbags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staff isolation or cover gown — Protective gowns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks — Protective face shields; Protective medical face masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staple or clip removers — Surgical staple removers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical stapler for external use — Skin staplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical suction or vacuum appliances — Nasal suctioning equipment; Oral suctioning equipment; Tracheal suctioning equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical syringe with needle — Hypodermic syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical tuning forks — Diagnostic tuning forks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories — Ultrasound transducers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medication or pill dispensers or accessories — Automated medicine dispensing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microscope slides See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multiparameter vital sign unit or accessories — Transport cardiac monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nasal exam specula or dilators — Nasal specula See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nasogastric tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nasopharyngeal tubes — Nasopharyngeal airways See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nebulizer or accessories — Electronic compressor nebulizers; Handheld nebulizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Non invasive bi level machines — Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmic irrigation or aspiration supplies or accessories — Eye lavage kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmic slit lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmic tonometers or accessories — Ophthalmic tonometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets — Ophthalmoscopes; Otoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthopedic splint systems — Orthopedic splinting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthopedic traction hardware or weights — Traction weights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ostomy appliances — Ostomy equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Otological instruments or accessories — Ear curettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen concentrators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care — Specialty patient care beds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient floor scales — Medical scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient shifting boards or accessories — Transfer boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories — Patient restraints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Perfusion oxygen or hematocrit saturation monitors or accessories — Venous Oxygen Saturation SVO2 monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pericardiocentesis needles or kits or accessories — Pericardiocentesis kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pleural cavity drainage unit or container or accessories — Chest drains See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reflex hammers or mallets — Reflex hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specimen collection container — Specimen collection containers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spine boards — Backboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies — Incentive spirometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — Occlusion clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical irrigation sets or accessories — Surgical irrigation sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories — Surgical scalpels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scissors — Straight surgical scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical shave kits or prep razors or clippers — Surgical razors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Suture removal kits or trays or packs or sets — Suture removal kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Suturing kits or trays or packs or sets — Laceration repair trays See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet crushers or accessories — Pill crushers; Pill splitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling blankets or drapes — Hyper/hypothermia blankets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thoracentesis set or tray — Thoracentesis kits; Thoracentesis trays See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongue depressors or blades or sticks — Tongue blades See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tourniquets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units — Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps — Wood's lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Umbilical catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Urinalysis analyzers — Urine analysis equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Urinalysis test strips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Urinary catheterization kit — Urinary catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Evacuated blood collection tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vaginal exam specula See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vascular or compression apparel or support — Pneumatic boots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Walkers or rollators — Patient walkers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheelchairs See more occupations related to this tool.

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 more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Record patient medical histories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Diagnose medical conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prescribe medications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patients following surgeries or other treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Process healthcare paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust prostheses or other assistive devices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat medical emergencies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer blood or other fluids intravenously. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train medical providers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate treatment options to guide medical decisions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise patients on healthcare system processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establish nursing policies or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess patient work, living, or social environments. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 96% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 88% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 96% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 89% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 81% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 88% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 81% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 81% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 69% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 70% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 50% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 44% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 56% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 56% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 44% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 44% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 48% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 33% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 26% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 52% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 37% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People — 56% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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
7   Master's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: SIR

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

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

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Related Occupations

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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 (2014) $32.04 hourly, $66,640 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)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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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Job Openings on the Web

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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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