Technician in ICU - Salary and Career
Nursing technicians and assistants

Technician in ICU - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform technical nursing activities in public and private companies such as: hospitals, clinics and other medical care establishments, boats and homes, they work in surgery, therapy, childcare, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics, occupational health and other areas. They provide patient care, ensuring their comfort and well-being, administering medications and performing surgical instrumentation tasks, properly positioning the patient and the instruments. They organize the work environment and give continuity to the shifts. They work in accordance with good practices, standards and biosafety procedures. They carry out records and prepare technical reports. They perform activities and carry out actions to promote family health.

How much does an Technician in ICU earn

A Technician in ICU earns between $1.252 and $4.807 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.029 and a median salary of $1.582 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 5.413 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Technician in ICU

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.029 24.352 507 11
1º Quartile 1.252 15.022 313 7
Median Salary 1.582 18.985 396 8
3º Quartile 3.666 43.994 917 20
Higher Salary 4.807 57.686 1.202 26

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians of the science of human health
        • nursing technicians and assistants

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Main workplaces

Nursing technicians and assistants they work in hospitals, clinics, social services, or even at home. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, or work on their own, providing temporary services in clinics or residences. They are organized as a team, working under the permanent supervision of a nurse or another member of the higher-level health team. They work in closed environments and with shifts, or confined in a vessel, in the case of the health assistant (maritime navigation). Exception made to professionals working in family health, who, according to a specific ordinance, work eight hours a day. It is common for them to work under pressure, leading to a stressful situation. In some activities, they may be exposed to biological contamination, toxic material and radiation.

What does it take to work in the field of Nursing technicians and assistants

Admission to technical occupations requires certification of skills or a technical course in nursing (middle level). For nursing assistants, basic education and professional qualification courses are required with a minimum of four hundred class hours, which can reach fifteen hundred. The possibility of continuing the qualification will depend on the completion of high school. Currently, there are technical courses in nursing, organized modularly, with intermediate outputs for the qualification of nursing assistants. The entry requirement for these courses is complete high school, with the philosophy of continuing education, which makes it possible for the assistant to reach the technical level, by completing new modules of professional training.

Functions and activities of Technician in ICU

Nursing technicians and assistants must:

  • provide patient care;
  • working with biosafety and safety;
  • promote mental health;
  • assist the technical team in specific procedures;
  • working with biosafety and security;
  • organize work environment;
  • administer prescription medication;
  • providing patient care;
  • promote family health;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • promoting family health;
  • provide patient assistance;
  • perform surgical instrumentation;
  • care for the patient;
  • give continuity to shifts;
  • administer prescribed medication;
  • communicate;
  • assist technical team in specific procedures;
  • work with biosafety and security;
  • care patient;
  • work with biosafety and safety;
  • perform admission procedures;

  • Activities

    • participate in case discussion;
    • providing concurrent and terminal cleaning;
    • demonstrate ability to listen;
    • organize medications and materials for patient and nursing use;
    • check the sufficiency of equipment, surgical material and compresses;
    • discard contaminated material;
    • inspect facilities and workers;
    • beware of adverse effects of products;
    • limit patient circulation space;
    • identify users' needs;
    • supply the team's demands;
    • check the number of surgical compresses;
    • request the presence of other professionals in the surgical center;
    • demonstrate attention ability;
    • prepare a patient report;
    • assist in patient resuscitation;
    • paramentar-se;
    • position electric scalpel plate;
    • apply enema (intestinal wash);
    • get vaccinated;
    • registering activities in information systems;
    • record intercurrences and procedures performed;
    • proceed to inhalation therapy;
    • using personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • vaccinate yourself;
    • mapping area of operation;
    • accompany patient in medication intake;
    • count the number of compresses, material and instruments before and after surgery;
    • identify medication to be administered (bed, name and patient record);
    • control water balance;
    • arrange clothes;
    • check sterilization result and validity;
    • conduct patient to social activities;
    • updating registration information;
    • list patient's belongings;
    • coordinating the care of users;
    • stimulate the patient to express feelings;
    • prepare prescription medication;
    • prepare patient for medication;
    • inspect cardiopulmonary arrest cart (pcr);
    • identify partners and resources available in the community;
    • sanitize patient;
    • package sharps for disposal;
    • implement prescribed therapeutic activities;
    • watch for temperature and patient reactions in transfusions;
    • control vaccine administration;
    • interpret skin tests;
    • control vital signs;
    • record medication administration;
    • administer incompatible medication separately;
    • perform blood glucose tests;
    • check amount of psychotropic drugs;
    • punch venous access;
    • label medical prescription (bed, name and patient record);
    • advise family and patient;
    • follow protocol in case of contamination or accident;
    • changing dressings;
    • register intake;
    • monitor patient progress;
    • ready the patient for examination and surgery;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • participate in public health campaigns;
    • identify groups, families and individuals exposed to risks;
    • help the patient to eat;
    • contain sharps for disposal;
    • demonstrate empathy;
    • write down surgery expenses;
    • forward material to the operating room;
    • replace material in the operating room;
    • control periodic examinations of employees;
    • vaccinating yourself;
    • check quantity and functionality of material and equipment;
    • perform an active search for local situations;
    • collect material for exams;
    • forward material for exams;
    • position patient for surgery;
    • organizing health promotion groups;
    • stimulate patient expression;
    • mark type of hamper and garbage contamination;
    • serving users in ubs, homes or community spaces;
    • educate family about mental illness;
    • check quantity of implant parts;
    • recommend disembarkation of sick and injured person;
    • organize medications and materials for patient use and nursing station;
    • make personal belongings available to patient (identity preservation);
    • wash hands before and after each procedure;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • aspirate orotracheal and tracheostomy cannula;
    • stimulate patient to express feelings;
    • inspect validity of materials and medicines;
    • protect bony prominences;
    • monitor serum and medication administration time;
    • arrange clothes;
    • inspect each patient;
    • place side rails on the bed;
    • check route of administration;
    • administer incompatible medications separately;
    • demonstrate understanding;
    • offer bedpan and parrot;
    • participate in team evaluations;
    • massage patient;
    • stimulate vesico-intestinal function;
    • exchange technical information;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • activate security team;
    • participate in planning activities;
    • seal the operating room;
    • provide linen;
    • record complications and procedures performed;
    • install induced power;
    • protect patient during crises;
    • recommend abstaining from decisions during mental breakdown;
    • assist the team in invasive procedures;
    • remove patient;
    • to be responsible for all care provided to the enrolled population;
    • remove the patient;
    • give lectures;
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • administer chemotherapy products;
    • tag patient belongings;
    • make beds;
    • perform tests and exams;
    • introduce nasogastric and vesical catheter;
    • define territory of action;
    • calculate medication dosage;
    • carry out disease prevention and curative actions;
    • prevent suicide attempts and risk situations;
    • sterilize instruments;
    • contain patient in bed;
    • wearing;
    • measure patient (weight, height);
    • check received medications;
    • install blood products;
    • promote comprehensive care;
    • demonstrate understanding;
    • demonstrate persuasiveness;
    • participate in continuing education activities;
    • demonstrate ability to provide humanized care;
    • dismiss the sick or injured employee and crew from work;
    • mark type of contamination of hamper and garbage;
    • introduce yourself by placing the patient in the environment;
    • resolve pending issues (drugs, dressings, exams, referrals, fasting, among others) ;
    • notify diseases, injuries and situations of local importance;
    • define actions according to local priorities;
    • participate in the management of supplies;
    • change position in bed;
    • check quantity of psychotropic drugs;
    • apply ice pack and wet and dry heat;
    • demarcate behavioral boundaries;
    • check patient and belongings (drugs, alcohol, etc.);
    • transporting clothes and materials for purge;
    • report adverse drug effects to the physician;
    • preventing against adverse effects of the products;
    • care for the body after death;
    • caring for the body after death;
    • stimulate patient (active and passive movements);
    • disinfect devices and materials;
    • pass instruments to the surgical team;
    • call doctor in case of complications;
    • encouraging community participation;
    • record events and procedures performed;
    • provide consumables;

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