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Become An Emergency Room Nurse

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Working As An Emergency Room Nurse

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $66,310

    Average Salary

What Does An Emergency Room Nurse Do

The key role of an Emergency Room Nurse is to provide care for patients suffering from trauma or other illnesses that require emergency attention. They work as part of a team with physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals.

How To Become An Emergency Room Nurse

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.

Education

In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.

Advancement

Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Real Emergency Room Nurse Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Emergency Room Nurse-Registered Nurse Westways Staffing Services Pleasanton, CA Aug 15, 2016 $106,850
Emergency Room Nurse Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $78,096
Emergency Room Registered Nurse Phelps Memorial Hospital Association Sleepy Hollow, NY Dec 21, 2009 $72,899 -
$38
Emergency Room Registered Nurse Phelps Memorial Hospital Association Sleepy Hollow, NY Sep 10, 2010 $72,899 -
$44
Critical Care Emergency Room Nurse Cambridge Healthcare LLC Columbia, MD Mar 15, 2014 $68,328
Critical Care Emergency Room Nurse Cambridge Healthcare LLC Columbia, MD Mar 15, 2011 $68,328
Emergency Room Nursing Supervisor Navajo Health Foundation-Sage Memorial Hospital CA Apr 30, 2014 $67,808
Emergency Room Nursing Supervisor Navajo Health Foundation-Sage Memorial Hospital Ganado, AZ Apr 30, 2011 $66,310
Emergency Room Nursing Supervisor Navajo Health Foundation-Sage Memorial Hospital Ganado, AZ Oct 01, 2010 $66,310
Emergency Room Nursing Supervisor Navajo Health Foundation-Sage Memorial Hospital Ganado, AZ Jul 05, 2012 $63,939
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Top Skills for An Emergency Room Nurse

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Top Emergency Room Nurse Skills

  1. Trauma Patients
  2. Triage
  3. Direct Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assessed and ordered all medical interventions for medical and trauma patients during paramedic transport.
  • Gathered patient data and performed triage.
  • Provided direct patient care to a broad patient population base in a faced paced inner city emergency department.
  • Delivered intravenous therapy, blood transfusions, and prepared patients for surgery and radiology.
  • Worked under the emergency department physician's supervision, serving as extension of veterans' outpatient clinic.

Top Emergency Room Nurse Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Emergency Room Nurse

  1. St. Joseph Hospital
  2. Methodist Hospital
  3. St. Anthony Hospital
  4. American Health Care
  5. Northwest Medical Center
  6. Montefiore Medical Center
  7. HENDRICK MEDICAL CENTER
  8. Medical Staffing Associates
  9. Mercy Health
  10. East Texas Medical Center
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