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Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps
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  • Heating or drying equipment or accessories
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  • Benchtop centrifuges
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  • Lancets
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  • Tourniquets
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Medical software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Electronic mail software
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  • Information retrieval or search software
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  • Human resources software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
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  • Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.
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  • Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
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  • Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions.
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  • Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
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  • Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient's condition.
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  • Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.
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  • Direct or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel or supervise a particular unit.
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  • Prepare patients for and assist with examinations or treatments.
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  • Observe nurses and visit patients to ensure proper nursing care.
  •  Skills
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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     Education & Training
      Education:   Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
      Related 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.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $81,441.00 $39.16  $30.74  $33.22 - $45.91 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $81,603.00 $39.23  $31.09  $33.26 - $45.47 
    Danbury $90,793.00 $43.65  $32.51  $36.76 - $51.19 
    Hartford $80,699.00 $38.80  $31.32  $33.38 - $45.15 
    New Haven $83,878.00 $40.32  $31.93  $34.13 - $47.09 
    New London/Norwich $80,425.00 $38.67  $29.29  $32.51 - $46.06 
    Waterbury $79,440.00 $38.19  $30.24  $32.67 - $45.06 
    Torrington $72,647.00 $34.93  $27.14  $29.29 - $39.14 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2016 - 2026 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   2128
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
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