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Certified Nursing & Acute Care (SOC CODE: 29-1141.01)

Job Description Overview

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.

Related Careers

  • Registered Nurses
  • Acute Care Nurses
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Critical Care Nurses
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
  • Nurse Anesthetists
  • Nurse Midwives
  • Informatics Nurse Specialists

Sample Job Duties

  • Perform emergency medical procedures, such as basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and other condition stabilizing interventions.
  • Manage patients' pain relief and sedation by providing pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, monitoring patients' responses, and changing care plans accordingly.
  • Document data related to patients' care including assessment results, interventions, medications, patient responses, or treatment changes.
  • Diagnose acute or chronic conditions that could result in rapid physiological deterioration or life-threatening instability.
  • Administer blood and blood product transfusions or intravenous infusions, monitoring patients for adverse reactions.
  • Assess urgent and emergent health conditions using both physiologically and technologically derived data.
  • Adjust settings on patients' assistive devices such as temporary pacemakers.
  • Assess the impact of illnesses or injuries on patients' health, function, growth, development, nutrition, sleep, rest, quality of life, or family, social and educational relationships.
  • Prescribe medications and observe patients' reactions, modifying prescriptions as needed.
  • Interpret information obtained from electrocardiograms (EKGs) or radiographs (x-rays).

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Certified Nursing & Acute Care Nursing Assistant

      This certificate program will prepare participants to work in both long-term and acute care facilities thus providing entry level, diverse, work opportunities in the ever growing health care field. For those planning on entering LVN or RN programs, course content may increase chances for successful admission and completion of nursing program curriculum.

      These courses meet the requirements for California state certification as a CNA. The program incorporates processing of the state application and administration of the NATAP test with same day official test results for the written and manual skills examination. Verification of successful passing of the NATAP test permits immediate eligibility for employment.

      Participants must:

      • provide their own transportation and be at least 16 years of age or have a work permit
      • be able to meet expenses and responsibilities incurred as part of this program
      • demonstrate proficient English/ESL verbal and written communication skills to take written exams, communicate with clients and maintain a safe clinical environment

      Program Learning Outcomes

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      VOC HTH01Certified Nursing Assistant0
      VOC HTH04Acute Care CNA0
      VOC HTH05Health Careers Skills Lab (HCRC)0
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