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Critical Care Nurses - 29-1141.03

O*NET-SOC Description

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

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)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

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

Detailed Work Activities

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

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aerospace Medical Service (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Flight and Operational Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Independent Duty Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Flight and Operational Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Independent Duty Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Clinical Nurse (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Nurse, Critical Care (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Nurse, Emergency/Trauma (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Critical Care Nurse (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Critical Care Nursing (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Emergency Nursing (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Emergency/Trauma Nurse (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Nurse Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Nurse, General Duty