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The Role Of An Acute Care Nurse

The role of an acute care nurse is a very important one within the healthcare system. Nursing job opportunities in Dublin are becoming more competitive.  Here at Three Q we help acute nurses to find their perfect career from our job listings compiled by our clients. Whether you’re looking for Permanent or Temp work, we’ll help you to get your ideal acute nursing job. If you’re a nurse who’s unsure what specialty you’d like to pursue, or maybe are just curious about what the job entails, we’ve put together some of the aspects of what an acute care nurse is responsible for.

Acute care is a nursing specialty and nurses generally only work with patients for only a short amount of time. Typical duties include treatment after surgery or for a chronic illness. An acute care nurse must be an NBMI registered nurse. Acute nurses are highly skilled and in demand. This is due the need for acute nurses to be fast learners and adaptable to change, as an acute nurse you will learn something new each day . You must be able to solve conflicts with time management as it is a fast paced job and the job will change continually change due to new developments in health care.

What is acute care?

Acute care falls under the broader category of secondary care – the stage after primary care (when a patient makes first contact with medical professionals). Acute care involves the treatment of patients diagnosed with short term but serious conditions – and might take place in a number of clinical settings like Accident & Emergency, Intensive Care and Neonatal Care. Typical medical conditions an acute care nurse may be called upon to treat range from severe injury and chronic illness, to strokes and infectious diseases.

Day-to-day responsibilities

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Like other nursing roles, acute nurses work with patients, perform administrative tasks and assist other medical professionals, like doctors and consultants. A typical day might include: the assessment and monitoring of patient conditions, checking symptoms and vital signs and arranging diagnostic tests, developing ongoing care plans, administering intravenous drips or different types of medication, checking and using specialised equipment such as monitors and ventilators

As an acute nurse working in hospital wards, GP surgeries or community care centres, no two days will ever be the same – and you should expect surprises. Acute nurses may be first on the scene when a patient’s condition changes – for better or worse – and should be prepared to administer emergency first aid. Conversely, acute nurses deal frequently with patients whose conditions are improving – which could mean contacting family members and support services or arranging transfer to different facilities.

Skills and qualities

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Acute care professionals deal with a huge number of patients presenting with a wide range of conditions so an ability to be caring, compassionate and patient is crucial. Acute nurses may have to deal with patients with learning disabilities or those suffering from dementia –  these situations demand excellent communication skills. Given the fluid nature of the role, nurses should be prepared to think quickly – and on their feet – and adapt to the demands of on-going medical situations.

The starting point of an acute care nursing career is the a bachelor degree of science in nursing and an NBMI membership. Many hospitals now offer acute care orientation and internship programs.  By taking positions in acute care subspecialty areas such as oncology, cardiac care, or geriatrics, acute nurses can advance their careers. A majority of these positions require acute care nurse practitioners.  

Further Your Career

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Acute care nurses have plenty of opportunities for career advancement and increased salary.  A number of job boards show an abundance of available jobs. These nurses are highly skilled and enjoy great demand, and openings are in available in a variety of settings beyond hospitals.  Continued hiring growth makes the outlook for this nursing specialty a truly positive one. Additional steps on the career ladder include advancing to a charge nurse or becoming a nursing educator or administrator.

Acute care nursing promises new challenges every day, but for committed and capable nurses, offers a long, rewarding career. To keep up to date on the industry developments and find vacant acute care positions, check out our roles and read the latest from us at Three Q. If you are an employer and are wishing to advertise your job in our listings, please email sales@3reqruitment.ie or phone +353 1878 3335 .   

Nursing CV – Tips for writing a great Nursing CV.

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Nursing CV – Tips for writing a great Nursing CV.

Your Nursing CV is a way for you to showcase yourself as a person and also what skills make you suitable for the position to which you are applying. Here are a few nursing CV tips for when you’re sitting down to update your CV:

 

1. Keep It Concise

Your CV is a short document describing your education, work history, etc., that you give an employer when you are applying for a job, or; a list of achievements. Your nursing CV should be concise and to-the-point. Let your nursing experience speak for itself.

2. Keep The Format Clean And Direct

Your CV style should reflect what the nursing profession has to offer: cleanliness, efficiency, and directive. Stay true to the practicality of the nursing vocation by using design elements that can be easily uploaded to various computers without losing the integrity of the document.

3. Don’t Avoid Using Nursing Terms

Nurse jargon isn’t going to lose you any points here, as your employer is also a member of the healthcare industry. Examples of nursing jargon: Administered, Coordinated, Examined, Monitored, Oversaw, Performed, Reported.

4. Use Your Desired Job Title On Your CV

If the nursing job you’re applying for has a specific title for the position, use this job title in your CV – use the title more than once if you can make room.

5. Avoid Certain Words

Words not to use in your CV: There are a dozen ways to articulate how self-motivated an individual you are, using the term “self-motivated” should not be one of them. Hard worker, quick learner, results-driven, self-motivated, think outside the box.

6. Back Up Your Statements

If you make a quantifiable statement about sales or patients or any aspect of your work as a nurse, back it up with real numbers.

7. Keep Your Experience Relevant

Your employment history should not mention the minimum-wage job you worked while in school – unless this job directly relates to the nursing job that you are currently applying for. Stay present and stay relevant.

8. Punctuation Matters

Punctuation matters for nurses. Your nursing CV is no different. Take the time to check it for typos, punctuation errors, formatting mistakes or grammatical errors.

9. Don’t Be Afraid To Show Off

Don’t skimp on your honours, awards, recognitions or special assignments. If you’ve had great successes as a nurse, mention them in your CV. Simply having your nursing license isn’t impressive enough in a pool of nursing applicants. Set yourself apart by showcasing your distinctions from your peers.

10. Be Specific

When discussing experience, get specific. Tell your potential employers about the type of facilities you have worked for as well as bed numbers, analytics software experience, unit type, and caseload (patient to nurse ratio).

11. Don’t Leave Out Important Data

Certifications, licenses, degrees, and diplomas should be listed and include their expiration dates, identification numbers, state of origin, and certifying bodies. These are official documents that carry a great amount of weight towards the types of positions that are available to you, don’t leave out important data.

If you are looking for a career move, have a look at Our Latest Nursing Vacancies.