Okami thanks for your input but let's be realistic the detailed explanation of your job description usually is very superficial. You always do more than what it's stated there. Would you be kind enough to let me know how is one of your days at the bedspace?
For example I work in a Cardiothoracic and ECMO Center unit. I start my 12hrs shift with the handover. Then I like to do a patient assessment (ABCDE or head to toe) in order to have a baseline for my shift. I usually have two medical bedside ward rounds (where I get a plan for my day and I can address my concerns) and there's always a doctor around. Apart from the basic nursing care (comfort/pain management, feeding and NG/OG insertion, hygiene, positioning and pressure areas assessment, drug preparation and administration, dressings and drains) I have autonomy to manage inotropic support, to take gases, interpret them and make ventilator changes or replace electrolytes. If the patient is a straightforward case and is not bleeding the nurse would be capable to manage the patient towards extubation and physically extubate the patient.
We help the medical staff with procedures like lines, trache's, decannulations, TOE's among others.
This is an example about the kind of information I would like to have cause someone told me that usually there all your meds come prepared, there's someone responsible for the ventilatory changes, there's someone responsible for positioning the patient. It may sound silly but I just wanted to understand the main differences