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Acute Care Nurses
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 10,630

Projected Annual Job Openings: 340

Typical Hourly Wage: $32.01 - $42.83

Typical Annual Salary: $66,600 - $89,100

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Prescribe medications and observe patients' reactions, modifying prescriptions as needed.
  • Document data related to patients' care including assessment results, interventions, medications, patient responses, or treatment changes.
  • Perform emergency medical procedures, such as basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and other condition stabilizing interventions.
  • Manage patients' pain relief and sedation by providing pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, monitoring patients' responses, and changing care plans accordingly.
  • Administer blood and blood product transfusions or intravenous infusions, monitoring patients for adverse reactions.
  • 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.
  • Assess urgent and emergent health conditions using both physiologically and technologically derived data.
  • Interpret information obtained from electrocardiograms (EKGs) or radiographs (x-rays).
  • Set up, operate, or monitor invasive equipment and devices such as colostomy or tracheotomy equipment, mechanical ventilators, catheters, gastrointestinal tubes, and central lines.
  • Diagnose acute or chronic conditions that could result in rapid physiological deterioration or life-threatening instability.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
  • Medical suction or vacuum appliances
  • Thoracentesis set or tray

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