Critical Care Nurses
SOC: 29-1141.03

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
2,751,000 employed

Projected (2024):
3,190,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 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.


Alternate Titles:

  • Burn Center Nurse
  • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Registered Nurse
  • Catheterization Laboratory Senior Manager (Cath Lab Senior Manager)
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Critical Care Nurse Specialist
  • Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)
  • Critical Care Unit Manager
  • Critical Care Unit Nurse
  • ICU Staff Nurse (Intensive Care Unit Staff Nurse)
  • Intensive Care Unit Nurse
  • Neonatal Critical Care Nurse
  • Pediatric Critical Care Nurse
  • Progressive Care Nurse
  • Registered Nurse Supervisor (RN Supervisor)
  • Staff Nurse
  • Staff Nurse, ICU Resource Team (Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Unit Resource Team)
  • Step-Down Nurse
  • Telemetry Nurse
  • Vascular Nurse


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    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.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Identify patients' age-specific needs and alter care plans as necessary to meet those needs.
  • Provide post-mortem care.
  • Evaluate patients' vital signs or laboratory data to determine emergency intervention needs.
  • Perform approved therapeutic or diagnostic procedures based upon patients' clinical status.
  • 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.
  • Set up and monitor medical equipment and devices such as cardiac monitors, mechanical ventilators and alarms, oxygen delivery devices, transducers, or pressure lines.
  • Monitor patients' fluid intake and output to detect emerging problems such as fluid and electrolyte imbalances.
  • Monitor patients for changes in status and indications of conditions such as sepsis or shock and institute appropriate interventions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Document patients' medical histories and assessment findings.
  • Document patients' treatment plans, interventions, outcomes, or plan revisions.
  • Identify patients who are at risk of complications due to nutritional status.
  • Prioritize nursing care for assigned critically ill patients, based on assessment data or identified needs.
  • Assist physicians with procedures such as bronchoscopy, endoscopy, endotracheal intubation, or elective cardioversion.
  • Ensure that equipment or devices are properly stored after use.
  • Identify malfunctioning equipment or devices.
  • Assess family adaptation levels and coping skills to determine whether intervention is needed.
  • Coordinate patient care conferences.
  • 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.
  • Supervise and monitor unit nursing staff.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Angiocaths
  • Apnea monitors
  • Arterial blood gas testing equipment
  • Arterial line catheters
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Automated medicine dispensing equipment
  • Autotransfusion systems
  • Bed scales
  • Bedpans
  • Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators
  • Blood drawing syringes
  • Blood glucometers
  • Blood pressure monitors
  • Blood warming equipment
  • Bulb syringes
  • Cardiac monitors
  • Chest drains
  • Clinical trapeze traction bars
  • Continuous passive motion CPM equipment
  • Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP ventilators
  • Cooling blankets
  • Crash carts
  • Crutches
  • Crutchfield tongs
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital medical thermometers
  • Doppler ultrasound equipment
  • Echocardiogram equipment
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electronic compressor nebulizers
  • End tidal carbon dioxide monitors or supplies
  • Endotracheal ET tubes
  • Enema equipment
  • Enteral feeding sets
  • Epidural catheters
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Fetal monitors
  • Flexible laryngoscopes
  • Foot cradles
  • Geriatric chairs
  • Graduated glass laboratory cylinders
  • Halo traction equipment
  • Handheld calculators
  • Handheld nebulizers
  • Hemodynamic monitors
  • Hoyer lifts
  • Hyper/hypothermia blankets
  • Hypodermic syringes
  • Ice collars
  • Incentive spirometers
  • Incision drainage equipment
  • Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP
  • Intracranial pressure monitors
  • Intravenous infusion pumps
  • Intravenous IV administration sets
  • Intubation sets
  • Kidney dialysis equipment
  • Lancets
  • Laptop computers
  • Manual resuscitation bags
  • Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical gurneys
  • Medical nasal cannulae
  • Medical scales
  • Multiple line infusion pumps
  • Multiple lumen central line catheters
  • Nasal suctioning equipment
  • Nasogastric tubes
  • Occlusion clamps
  • Oral suctioning equipment
  • Orthopedic splinting equipment
  • Ostomy equipment
  • Otoscopes
  • Oxygen concentrators
  • Oxygen delivery masks
  • Oxygen flowmeters
  • Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
  • Patient restraints
  • Patient walkers
  • Pericardiocentesis kits
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Pill crushers
  • Pill splitters
  • Pneumatic boots
  • Protective face shields
  • Protective gowns
  • Protective medical face masks
  • Pulmonary artery catheters
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Safety goggles
  • Sequential compression devices
  • Specialty patient care beds
  • Specimen collection containers
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Straight hemostats
  • Straight surgical scissors
  • Surgical irrigation sets
  • Surgical razors
  • Surgical scalpels
  • Surgical staple removers
  • Suture removal kits
  • Tablet computers
  • Telemetry monitors
  • Therapeutic whirlpool baths
  • Thoracentesis trays
  • Tourniquets
  • Tracheal suctioning equipment
  • Tracheotomy sets
  • Traction weights
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Transcutaneous pacemakers
  • Transfer boards
  • Transport cardiac monitors
  • Transvenous pacemakers
  • Ultrasound transducers
  • Urinalysis test strips
  • Urinary catheters
  • Venous Oxygen Saturation SVO2 monitors
  • Ventricular assist devices VAD
  • Wheelchairs
  • Allscripts Professional EHR
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses AACN Medicopeia
  • Amkai AmkaiCharts
  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR System
  • Cerner Millennium
  • ChartWare software
  • e-MDs software
  • eClinicalWorks software
  • Epic Systems software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
  • MEDITECH Healthcare Information System HCIS
  • MEDITECH software
  • Medscribbler Enterprise
  • MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR
  • Microsoft Office software
  • NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR
  • PEPID RN Critical Care RNCC
  • SOAPware software
  • StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite
  • SynaMed EMR
  • Texas Medical Software SpringCharts EMR
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800