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Critical Care Nurses

Also called: Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), Intensive Care Unit Nurse, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Registered Nurse, Burn Center Nurse

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Clinical Nurse, Critical Care; Clinical Nurse, Emergency/Trauma; Clinical Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care

What they do:
Provide advanced nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.
On the job, you would:
  • Assess patients' pain levels or sedation requirements.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • biology

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • quickly know what you are looking at
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • eClinicalWorks software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
Information retrieval or search software
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses AACN Medicopeia
  • PEPID RN Critical Care RNCC
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$65,470
per year, on average
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