Provides advanced nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Evaluates patients' vital signs or laboratory data to determine emergency intervention needs.
- Monitors patients for changes in status and indications of conditions such as sepsis or shock and institutes appropriate interventions.
- Administers medications intravenously, by injection, orally, through gastric tubes, or by other methods.
- Sets up and monitors medical equipment and devices such as cardiac monitors, mechanical ventilators and alarms, oxygen delivery devices, transducers, or pressure lines.
- Conducts pulmonary assessments to identify abnormal respiratory patterns or breathing sounds that indicate problems.
- Assesses patients' pain levels or sedation requirements.
- Monitors patients' fluid intake and output to detect emerging problems such as fluid and electrolyte imbalances.
- Documents patients' medical histories and assessment findings.
- Prioritize nursing care for assigned critically ill patients, based on assessment data or identified needs.
- Administers blood and blood products, monitoring patients for signs and symptoms related to transfusion reactions.