Emergency Room Nurse

Emergency room nurses provide community support through education. They provide patients with much needed information about health programs, child safety and domestic violence prevention to their patients and families.
Emergency room nurses provide community support through education. They provide patients with much needed information about health programs, child safety and domestic violence prevention to their patients and families.

Emergency room nurses are an indispensable part of the infrastructure of a hospital nurse. These registered nurses are typically paid almost $50,000 as a base salary, and contribute hugely to the overall efficiency of the hospital. They specialize in quick assessment and rapid treatment, with about 90,000 nurses employed nationwide.

Emergency room nurses need knowledge in broad and specific medical areas, and may need to use all their knowledge in a given day in order to adequately care for patients. As a result, these nurses can and will treat patients suffering from anything from a broken bone to a heart attack.

Most emergency room nurses will deal with the acute stages of illness or early treatment of trauma. Nurses balance compassion with professionalism, while arranging appropriate care and identifying symptoms and problems.

One of the most important duties of an emergency room nurse is performing resuscitation. Emergency rooms are equipped with defibrillators, oxygen, intravenous lines and fluid and airway equipment. Nurses are trained to be able to use these machines and tools in order to help patients with difficulty breathing.

Emergency Room Entrance

The emergency room covers hundreds of people with different needs and symptoms. Though most of the cases in the ER are not life threatening, like broken bones and mild trauma, there are plenty of patients who need immediate attention.
The emergency room covers hundreds of people with different needs and symptoms. Though most of the cases in the ER are not life threatening, like broken bones and mild trauma, there are plenty of patients who need immediate attention.

The ER Gatekeeper

A triage nurse is responsible for the initial interview. He or she makes note of symptoms, in order to find the severity of the condition, or the chief complaint. Patents with more serious symptoms will be prioritized, and then treated. The nurse can transfer a patient to another department of the emergency department or to a department in the hospital.

Patients with life and limb threatening conditions bypass the triage nurse, going straight to the physicians. After the emergency room treatment, the patient will then be admitted to the hospital, stabilized, or be sent home.

Many hospitals now also feature a pediatric waiting room for children, as they have different needs than adults.

What Type of People Make Good Emergency Room Nurses?

Education Level of ER Nurses

Most nurses have gone to some college, with about a third with a Bachelor’s degree, a third with an Associate’s degree and ten percent continuing on to Master’s and Doctorate programs. Additional training, like certifications in trauma and injury prevention, allows nurses to stay abreast of the latest and greatest in medicine, although few specialize, due to the breadth of conditions encountered in an emergency room. Nurses trained for working in an emergency room are usually certified to work in other areas of the hospital as well.

Avoiding Mistakes in the Emergency Room

Challenges of the job

The downside to emergency room nursing is that the job has a high turnover rate. Stress frequently affects these nurses, so despite the large numbers of nurses working, there are still lots of demands on your time. Finding stress relief can help. The best way to succeed as an emergency room nurse is to join a strong. hard-working nursing team.

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bejones 6 years ago

I appreciate your video about mislabeling and mistaken patients. I work in the ER and it gets so hectic that being proactive and taking care of problems is always important. But that's probably why our turnover rates are so high :)


maria diaz 4 years ago

I am a medical assistant and I really love my job, however My dream is to become a register nurse as soon as posible im still takeing my pre requisite classes. I ask anyone for info on how is the best and fasters way to become a register nurse without paying a large amount of money up front. thanks mariachickis@aol.com


manlop 4 years ago

full of amazing events and situation that needs by an individual and all people. Very challenging and toxic things be happen on the day of your shift.


Johnb613 2 years ago

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