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Critical Care Nurses
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 10,630

Projected Annual Job Openings: 340

Typical Hourly Wage: $31.17 - $44.52

Typical Annual Salary: $64,800 - $92,600

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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

  • 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.
  • Conduct pulmonary assessments to identify abnormal respiratory patterns or breathing sounds that indicate problems.
  • Assess patients' pain levels or sedation requirements.
  • 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.
  • Administer blood and blood products, monitoring patients for signs and symptoms related to transfusion reactions.

tools & technology

  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
  • Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
  • Medical suction or vacuum appliances
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling blankets or drapes

  • Information retrieval or search software
  • Internet browser software
  • Medical software

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