Provides 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.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Performs emergency medical procedures, such as basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and other condition stabilizing interventions.
- Manages patients' pain relief and sedation by providing pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, monitoring patients' responses, and changing care plans accordingly.
- Documents data related to patients' care including assessment results, interventions, medications, patient responses, or treatment changes.
- Diagnoses acute or chronic conditions that could result in rapid physiological deterioration or life-threatening instability.
- Administers blood and blood product transfusions or intravenous infusions, monitoring patients for adverse reactions.
- Assesses urgent and emergent health conditions using both physiologically and technologically derived data.
- Assesses the impact of illnesses or injuries on patients' health, function, growth, development, nutrition, sleep, rest, quality of life, or family, social and educational relationships.
- Interprets information obtained from electrocardiograms (EKGs) or radiographs (x-rays).
- Obtains specimens or samples for laboratory work.
- Collaborates with patients to plan for future health care needs or to coordinate transitions and referrals.