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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

  • $71,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Emergency Room Nurse Do

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Duties

Registered nurses typically do the following:

  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides.

Registered nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse may work with cancer patients or a geriatric nurse may work with elderly patients. Some registered nurses combine one or more areas of practice. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer.

Many possibilities for working with specific patient groups exist. The following list includes just a few examples:

Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances.

Cardiovascular nurses care for patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.

Critical care nurses work in intensive-care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.

Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment for patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis.

Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.

Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney-related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.

Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.

Registered nurses may work to promote public health, by educating people on warning signs and symptoms of disease or managing chronic health conditions. They may also run health screenings, immunization clinics, blood drives, or other community outreach programs. Other nurses staff the health clinics in schools.

Some nurses do not work directly with patients, but they must still have an active registered nurse license. For example, they may work as nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, hospital administrators, salespeople for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, or as medical writers and editors.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are a type of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). They provide direct patient care in one of many nursing specialties, such as psychiatric-mental health or pediatrics. CNSs also provide indirect care, by working with other nurses and various other staff to improve the quality of care that patients receive. They often serve in leadership roles and may educate and advise other nursing staff. CNSs also may conduct research and may advocate for certain policies.

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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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Emergency Room Nurse Career Paths

Emergency Room Nurse
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Nurse Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Family Nurse Practitioner Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Assistant Nurse Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor CT Technologist MRI Technologist
Clinical Education Specialist
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Instructor Nurse Educator
Clinical Nurse Educator
12 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor Educator Respiratory Therapist
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Staff Development
8 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Utilization Review Nurse Staff Nurse
House Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse/Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Unit Manager Nurse
Nurse Educator
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Nurse Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Operating Room Nurse Nurse Home Health Nurse
Telephone Triage Nurse
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Nurse 5.9 years
Registered Nurse 5.2 years
Neonatal Nurse 4.3 years
Head Nurse 4.2 years
Trauma Nurse 3.5 years
Pediatric Nurse 3.4 years
Surgical Nurse 3.4 years
Telemetry Nurse 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Staff Nurse 22.3%
Nurse 9.0%
Paramedic 2.3%
Top Employers After
Staff Nurse 14.8%
Nurse 10.6%

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Emergency Room Nurse Demographics

Gender

Female

78.9%

Male

19.6%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.4%

French

7.5%

Russian

5.4%

Arabic

3.2%

German

2.2%

Carrier

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Tagalog

2.2%

Cheyenne

1.1%

Swahili

1.1%

Nepali

1.1%

Filipino

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Ilocano

1.1%

Armenian

1.1%

Cherokee

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Italian

1.1%
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Emergency Room Nurse Education

Schools

Walden University

16.6%

University of Phoenix

16.4%

Grand Canyon University

10.6%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

7.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.9%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Excelsior College

4.2%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.8%

South University

3.6%

Maryville University of Saint Louis

3.4%

Western Governors University

3.2%

Florida International University

2.6%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

2.6%

University of South Alabama

2.6%

Liberty University

2.6%

Kennesaw State University

2.5%

Drexel University

2.5%

Jacksonville University

1.9%

University of Miami

1.9%

University of Alabama

1.7%
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Majors

Nursing

80.2%

Family Practice Nursing

4.9%

Business

3.2%

Nursing Science

3.2%

Health Care Administration

1.1%

Education

0.9%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

0.9%

Psychology

0.9%

Management

0.7%

Medical Assisting Services

0.5%

Public Health

0.4%

Medicine

0.4%

Medical Technician

0.4%

Nursing Assistants

0.4%

Clinical Psychology

0.4%

Biology

0.3%

Health Sciences And Services

0.3%

Criminal Justice

0.3%

Information Systems

0.3%

Health And Wellness

0.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.0%

Masters

28.2%

Associate

21.1%

Other

10.2%

Doctorate

2.8%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

2.0%

License

0.7%
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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 Nurse Medical Dynamic Systems, Inc. NY Sep 20, 2010 $63,003
Emergency Room Registered Nurse ADEX Medical Staffing, LLC Culver City, CA Nov 11, 2009 $61,337
Emergency Room Registered Nurse ADEX Medical Staffing, LLC Culver City, CA Nov 16, 2009 $61,337
Emergency Room Registered Nurse Presentation Medical Center Rolla, ND Jan 02, 2016 $56,266
Emergency Room Registered Nurse Florida Hospital Orlando, FL Jan 24, 2013 $54,262
Emergency Room Registered Nurse Vintage Health Resources, Inc. Beeville, TX Oct 02, 2012 $54,137
Emergency Room Nurse Ultimate Care Inc. Port Saint Lucie, FL Nov 02, 2009 $50,088
Emergency Room Nurse Ultimate Care Inc. Port Saint Lucie, FL Oct 19, 2009 $50,088
Emergency Room Nurse Ultimate Care Inc. Port Saint Lucie, FL Oct 01, 2009 $50,088

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  1. Patient Care
  2. Trauma
  3. Triage
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  • Provided and managed goal-oriented patient care by utilizing established nursing processes and principles.
  • Assessed and ordered all medical interventions for medical and trauma patients during paramedic transport.
  • Perform physical examinations, make tentative diagnoses, and treat patients en route to hospitals or at disaster site triage centers.
  • Participated in evaluating the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice by participating in quality improvement activities.
  • Named charge nurse within five months of start date, demonstrating an immediate impact and leadership presence among nursing staff.

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