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Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
 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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  • Hematology analyzers
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  • Glucose monitors or meters
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Medical software
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  • Word processing software
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  • Spreadsheet software
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  • Office suite software
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  • Categorization or classification software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
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  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
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  • Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
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  • Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.
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  • Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.
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  • Help patients with bathing, dressing, maintaining personal hygiene, moving in bed, or standing and walking.
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  • Supervise nurses' aides or assistants.
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  • Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.
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  • Record food and fluid intake and output.
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  • Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members as necessary.
  •  Skills
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • 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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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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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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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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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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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  •  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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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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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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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal m
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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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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 $56,424.00 $27.13  $22.54  $24.62 - $30.07 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $57,224.00 $27.51  $21.87  $24.46 - $30.75 
    Danbury $55,351.00 $26.61  $22.08  $23.98 - $29.66 
    Hartford $56,343.00 $27.09  $23.34  $25.14 - $29.86 
    New Haven $57,376.00 $27.58  $23.99  $25.23 - $30.13 
    New London/Norwich $56,839.00 $27.32  $22.40  $23.95 - $30.65 
    Waterbury $54,551.00 $26.23  $22.20  $23.06 - $29.44 
    Torrington $54,298.00 $26.11  $18.94  $21.87 - $30.28 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   327
      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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