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Provide advanced nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Lancets
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  • Tourniquets
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  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
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  • Specimen collection container
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  • Urinalysis test strips
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Medical software
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  • Information retrieval or search software
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  • Word processing software
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  • Office suite software
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  • Internet browser software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Identify patients' age-specific needs and alter care plans as necessary to meet those needs.
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  • Provide post-mortem care.
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  • Evaluate patients' vital signs or laboratory data to determine emergency intervention needs.
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  • Perform approved therapeutic or diagnostic procedures based upon patients' clinical status.
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  • Administer blood and blood products, monitoring patients for signs and symptoms related to transfusion reactions.
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  • Administer medications intravenously, by injection, orally, through gastric tubes, or by other methods.
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  • Advocate for patients' and families' needs, or provide emotional support for patients and their families.
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  • Set up and monitor medical equipment and devices such as cardiac monitors, mechanical ventilators and alarms, oxygen delivery devices, transducers, or pressure lines.
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  • Monitor patients' fluid intake and output to detect emerging problems such as fluid and electrolyte imbalances.
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  • Monitor patients for changes in status and indications of conditions such as sepsis or shock and institute appropriate interventions.
  •  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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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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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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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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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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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  •  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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  • 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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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 $79,259.00 $38.11  $29.73  $32.37 - $44.74 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $79,796.00 $38.36  $30.22  $32.50 - $44.65 
    Danbury $86,915.00 $41.79  $31.17  $35.75 - $48.64 
    Hartford $78,398.00 $37.69  $30.14  $32.53 - $43.88 
    New Haven $82,814.00 $39.82  $31.36  $33.56 - $46.42 
    New London/Norwich $75,583.00 $36.33  $26.71  $29.94 - $43.70 
    Waterbury $77,933.00 $37.47  $30.39  $32.60 - $43.57 
    Torrington $71,016.00 $34.14  $27.33  $28.98 - $38.44 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   994
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
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