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29-1141.03 - Critical Care Nurses

Provide advanced nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.

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Sample of reported job titles: Burn Center Nurse; Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Registered Nurse; Catheterization Laboratory Senior Manager (Cath Lab Senior Manager); Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN); Critical Care Unit Manager; ICU Staff Nurse (Intensive Care Unit Staff Nurse); Intensive Care Unit Nurse; Registered Nurse Supervisor (RN Supervisor); Staff Nurse; Staff Nurse, ICU Resource Team (Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Unit Resource Team)

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Tasks

  • Evaluate patients' vital signs or laboratory data to determine emergency intervention needs.
  • Monitor patients for changes in status and indications of conditions such as sepsis or shock and institute appropriate interventions.
  • Set up and monitor medical equipment and devices such as cardiac monitors, mechanical ventilators and alarms, oxygen delivery devices, transducers, or pressure lines.
  • Administer medications intravenously, by injection, orally, through gastric tubes, or by other methods.
  • Assess patients' pain levels or sedation requirements.
  • Conduct pulmonary assessments to identify abnormal respiratory patterns or breathing sounds that indicate problems.
  • Monitor patients' fluid intake and output to detect emerging problems such as fluid and electrolyte imbalances.
  • Document patients' medical histories and assessment findings.
  • Prioritize nursing care for assigned critically ill patients, based on assessment data or identified needs.
  • Compile and analyze data obtained from monitoring or diagnostic tests.
  • Administer blood and blood products, monitoring patients for signs and symptoms related to transfusion reactions.
  • Assist physicians with procedures such as bronchoscopy, endoscopy, endotracheal intubation, or elective cardioversion.
  • Collaborate with other health care professionals to develop and revise treatment plans based on identified needs and assessment data.
  • Collect specimens for laboratory tests.
  • Document patients' treatment plans, interventions, outcomes, or plan revisions.
  • Identify malfunctioning equipment or devices.
  • Advocate for patients' and families' needs, or provide emotional support for patients and their families.
  • Perform approved therapeutic or diagnostic procedures based upon patients' clinical status.
  • Identify patients who are at risk of complications due to nutritional status.
  • Assess patients' psychosocial status and needs, including areas such as sleep patterns, anxiety, grief, anger, and support systems.
  • Assess family adaptation levels and coping skills to determine whether intervention is needed.
  • Ensure that equipment or devices are properly stored after use.
  • Coordinate patient care conferences.
  • Identify patients' age-specific needs and alter care plans as necessary to meet those needs.
  • Supervise and monitor unit nursing staff.
  • Participate in professional organizations and continuing education to improve practice knowledge and skills.
  • Participate in the development, review, or evaluation of nursing practice protocols.
  • Plan, provide, or evaluate educational programs for nursing staff, interdisciplinary health care team members, or community members.
  • Provide post-mortem care.

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Technology Skills

  • Information retrieval or search software — American Association of Critical Care Nurses AACN Medicopeia; PEPID RN Critical Care RNCC
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software
  • Medical software — Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR System; Epic Systems Hot technology ; MEDITECH Healthcare Information System HCIS; MEDITECH software Hot technology (see all 18 examples)
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Word processing software

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Acute care fetal or maternal monitoring units or accessories — Fetal monitors
  • Apnea monitors or accessories — Apnea monitors
  • Arterial blood gas monitors or accessories — Arterial blood gas testing equipment
  • Arterial line catheters
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Autotransfusion units — Autotransfusion systems
  • Bedpans for general use — Bedpans
  • Blanket frames or lifters — Foot cradles
  • Blood collection syringes — Blood drawing syringes
  • Blood pressure cuff kits — Sphygmomanometers
  • Blood warming or transfusion systems — Blood warming equipment
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Cardiac monitors; Hemodynamic monitors
  • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P — Transcutaneous pacemakers; Transvenous pacemakers
  • Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes — Doppler ultrasound equipment; Echocardiogram equipment
  • Central venous catheters — Multiple lumen central line catheters
  • Clinical trapeze bars — Clinical trapeze traction bars
  • Continuous arteriovenous dialysis CAVHD units or related products — Kidney dialysis equipment
  • Continuous passive motion CPM devices or accessories — Continuous passive motion CPM equipment
  • Crutches or crutch accessories — Crutches
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets — Angiocaths; Pulmonary artery catheters
  • Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories — Telemetry monitors
  • Electrocardiography EKG units — Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electronic blood pressure units — Blood pressure monitors
  • Electronic medical thermometers — Digital medical thermometers
  • Emergency or resuscitation carts — Crash carts
  • End tidal carbon dioxide monitors or supplies
  • Endotracheal or tracheotomy sets — Tracheotomy sets
  • Endotracheal tubes — Endotracheal ET tubes
  • Enema kits or accessories — Enema equipment
  • Enteral feeding infusion pump tubing sets — Enteral feeding sets
  • Epidural anesthesia kit or tray — Epidural catheters
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats — Straight hemostats
  • Flow sensors or regulators or components — Oxygen flowmeters
  • Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks — Therapeutic whirlpool baths
  • Geriatric chairs or accessories — Geriatric chairs
  • Glucose monitors or meters — Blood glucometers
  • Goggles — Safety goggles
  • Gurneys or scissor lifts — Medical gurneys
  • Head or neck traction supplies — Crutchfield tongs; Halo traction equipment
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines — Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators
  • Intraaortic balloon pump and accessories — Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP
  • Intracranial pressure ICP monitoring units or accessories — Intracranial pressure monitors
  • Intravenous infusion pumps for general use — Intravenous infusion pumps
  • Intravenous or arterial catheter tray — Intravenous IV administration sets
  • Intubator components or accessories — Intubation sets
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders — Graduated glass laboratory cylinders
  • Lancets
  • Laryngoscopes or accessories — Flexible laryngoscopes
  • Manual resuscitators — Manual resuscitation bags
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical aspiration or irrigation syringes — Bulb syringes
  • Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves — Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical incision drainage bags or reservoirs — Incision drainage equipment
  • Medical nasal cannulae
  • Medical oxygen masks or parts — Oxygen delivery masks
  • Medical staff isolation or cover gown — Protective gowns
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks — Protective face shields; Protective medical face masks
  • Medical staple or clip removers — Surgical staple removers
  • Medical suction or vacuum appliances — Nasal suctioning equipment; Oral suctioning equipment; Tracheal suctioning equipment
  • Medical syringe with needle — Hypodermic syringes
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or echo transducers or accessories — Ultrasound transducers
  • Medication or pill dispensers or accessories — Automated medicine dispensing equipment
  • Multichannel intravenous infusion pumps — Multiple line infusion pumps
  • Multiparameter vital sign unit or accessories — Transport cardiac monitors
  • Nasogastric tubes
  • Nebulizer or accessories — Electronic compressor nebulizers; Handheld nebulizers
  • Non invasive bi level machines — Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators
  • Non invasive continuous positive air pressure machines — Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP ventilators
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets — Otoscopes
  • Orthopedic splint systems — Orthopedic splinting equipment
  • Orthopedic traction hardware or weights — Traction weights
  • Ostomy appliances — Ostomy equipment
  • Oxygen concentrators
  • Patient bed or table scales for general use — Bed scales
  • Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care — Specialty patient care beds
  • Patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps — Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
  • Patient floor scales — Medical scales
  • Patient lifts or accessories — Hoyer lifts
  • Patient shifting boards or accessories — Transfer boards
  • Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories — Patient restraints
  • Perfusion oxygen or hematocrit saturation monitors or accessories — Venous Oxygen Saturation SVO2 monitors
  • Pericardiocentesis needles or kits or accessories — Pericardiocentesis kits
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Pleural cavity drainage unit or container or accessories — Chest drains
  • Pocket calculator — Handheld calculators
  • Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters
  • Specimen collection container — Specimen collection containers
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies — Incentive spirometers
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — Occlusion clamps
  • Surgical irrigation sets or accessories — Surgical irrigation sets
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories — Surgical scalpels
  • Surgical scissors — Straight surgical scissors
  • Surgical shave kits or prep razors or clippers — Surgical razors
  • Suture removal kits or trays or packs or sets — Suture removal kits
  • Tablet computers
  • Tablet crushers or accessories — Pill crushers; Pill splitters
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling blankets or drapes — Cooling blankets; Hyper/hypothermia blankets
  • Therapeutic ice packs or pillows — Ice collars
  • Thoracentesis set or tray — Thoracentesis trays
  • Tourniquets
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units — Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Urinalysis test strips
  • Urinary catheterization kit — Urinary catheters
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Vascular or compression apparel or support — Pneumatic boots
  • Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing — Sequential compression devices
  • Ventricular assist devices — Ventricular assist devices VAD
  • Walkers or rollators — Patient walkers
  • Wheelchairs

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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.
  • 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.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.

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

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Abilities

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

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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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • 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.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • 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.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • 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.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Treat medical emergencies.
  • Administer intravenous medications.
  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Test patient heart or lung functioning.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Administer blood or other fluids intravenously.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Interact with patients to build rapport or provide emotional support.
  • Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health.
  • Assess patient work, living, or social environments.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Establish nursing policies or standards.
  • Conduct health or safety training programs.
  • Train medical providers.

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Work Context

  • Telephone — 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 95% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 95% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 85% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity — 75% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Consequence of Error — 85% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Contact With Others — 75% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 85% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail — 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 75% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 55% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 70% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 60% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 50% responded “Very important results.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 60% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 65% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers — 50% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Time Pressure — 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 37% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 45% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Standing — 40% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 40% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 35% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 35% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 35% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Exposed to Radiation — 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 45% responded “About half the time.”
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People — 50% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”

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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, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, nannies, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
45   Associate's degree
45   Bachelor's degree
5   Some college, no 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Work Styles

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

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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 (2016) $32.91 hourly, $68,450 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 2,751,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Much faster than average (14% or higher) Much faster than average (14% or higher)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 1,088,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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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, 2016-17 Edition.

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