Critical Care Nurses:

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

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $60,050.00
Average Time to Fill 42 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 46,107
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 16.48 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Customer Service
Oral Communication
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Written Communication
Intellectual Risk-taking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Deliver babies
Provide in home patient care
Identify patient's current and past drug history
Give medications or immunizations
Administer blood or other fluids intravenously
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Administer intravenous medications
Practice preventive procedures with medical therapy patients or clients
Administer non-intravenous medications
Administer rehabilitation interventions
Administer anesthetics or sedatives
Apply traction to patients
Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources
Attend to patient's personal care
Operate therapeutic medical instruments or equipment
Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions
Conduct medical tests
Test patient heart or lung functioning
Assist patients in performing breathing exercises
Administer enemas, irrigations, or douches to patients
Treat medical condition of patient
Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries
Follow protocols or regulations for healthcare activities
Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments
Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery
Perform emergency medical procedures
Develop treatment plans
Develop medical treatment plans
Provide care for mentally ill or special needs individuals
Implement life support procedures
Assist practitioners in examining, evaluating, or treating patients
Adjust medical supportive or assistive devices such as prostheses
Feed food to individuals
Assist individuals with dressing, undressing, grooming, bathing, or other daily activities

Training and Teaching Others

Educate patients in use of assistive, supportive, or health-related devices
Provide nutritional instruction to individuals or families
Teach family members to provide bedside care
Teach medical self care
Educate patients regarding diagnosis or treatment
Conduct health training programs
Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel
Instruct patients in methods to improve functional activities
Provide health education and disease prevention instruction
Prepare medical reports
Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities
Prepare medical reports or presentations
Instruct patients or caregivers in basic and adaptive living skills
Train medical providers

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Critical Care
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification
Acute Care
Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification
Medical Assistance

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