Acute Care Nurses:

Provide advanced nursing care for patients with acute conditions such as heart attacks, respiratory distress syndrome, or shock. May care for pre- and post-operative patients or perform advanced, invasive diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $60,050.00
Average Time to Fill 42 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 25,074
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 18.87 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Customer Service
Oral Communication
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Critical Thinking
Written Communication
Intellectual Risk-taking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Attend to patient's personal care
Practice preventive procedures with medical therapy patients or clients
Give medications or immunizations
Administer blood or other fluids intravenously
Administer intravenous medications
Administer non-intravenous medications
Identify patient's current and past drug history
Administer anesthetics or sedatives
Treat medical condition of patient
Administer enemas, irrigations, or douches to patients
Provide in home patient care
Assist patients in performing breathing exercises
Apply traction to patients
Administer medical injections
Administer rehabilitation interventions
Assist practitioners in examining, evaluating, or treating patients
Operate therapeutic medical instruments or equipment
Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments
Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources
Administer first aid
Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries
Follow protocols or regulations for healthcare activities
Test patient heart or lung functioning
Conduct medical tests
Provide care for mentally ill or special needs individuals
Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery
Develop treatment plans
Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions
Develop medical treatment plans
Assist individuals with dressing, undressing, grooming, bathing, or other daily activities
Perform emergency medical procedures
Solve clinical problems
Apply bandages, dressings, or splints
Massage patient or client
Deliver babies
Feed food to individuals
Administer therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids
Assist individuals with physical disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Treat psychological disorders and issues
Assist practitioners to perform medical procedures
Perform minor surgery
Implement life support procedures
Develop dietary-care plans
Provide physical therapy to patients or clients
Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities
Adjust positions of patients on beds or tables
Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety
Conduct medical x-rays
Develop patient therapy programs
Treat chronic diseases or disorders
Establish treatment goals
Conduct diagnostic tests to determine patient health
Employ respiratory equipment
Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies
Conduct invasive medical diagnostic assessments
Implement nutritional practices and techniques
Adjust medical supportive or assistive devices such as prostheses

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Critical Care
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification
Acute Care
Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification
Medical Assistance

Related Licensing Requirements

Wastewater Apprentice (18-0000000176)

327 IAC 5-22-7 Qualifications to become a wastewater treatment apprentice or certified operator Authority: IC 13-14-8; IC 13-18-11-13 Affected: IC 13-18-11 Sec. 7.(a) Before applying for the commissioner's wastewater treatment certification examination, a person must have the educational skills necessary to do the following: (1) Make computations. (2) Calculate volumes. (3) Keep records. (4) Read and write the English language to the extent of interpreting service manuals and work orders and submitting written reports. (b) A person may take the commissioner's wastewater treatment certification examination before obtaining the educational and experience requirements specified in section 7.3 of this rule. In order to become classified as a wastewater treatment apprentice, a person must pass the wastewater treatment certification examination required by the commissioner. (c) In order to become a wastewater treatment certified operator, a person must: (1) pass the wastewater treatment certification examination required by the commissioner unless exempted by statute or rule; (2) have the formal education specified in section 7.3 of this rule; and (3) have the experience that is specified in section 7.3 of this rule and acceptable to the commissioner in the field of wastewater treatment that: 57 (A) demonstrates the applicant's technical knowledge; (B) can be verified based on information from available sources, primarily the applicant's wastewater treatment plant employer; and (C) is the result of satisfactory accomplishment of wastewater treatment plant work. (d) In accordance with 327 IAC 8-12-3.2(e), a grade WT3, WT4, and WT5 operator shall be considered to have met the educational and experience requirements necessary to apply for the appropriate wastewater treatment certification to treat wastewater from a water treatment plant provided the operator is certified to operate that classification of water treatment plant. A wastewater treatment apprentice shall not be designated as the certified operator in responsible charge of a wastewater treatment plant.

- Indiana Department of Environmental Management~Office of Water Quality, Wastewater Branch~Room 1255 (3172328791)

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