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Working As A Triage 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

  • $64,792

    Average Salary

What Does A Triage Nurse Do At Lawn Medical Center

* Triage patient calls to assess situation, give advice as needed.
* Prioritizes calls as it relates to scheduling appointments with physicians.
* Utilizes motivational interviewing techniques and patient coaching for patient self-management support.
* Utilizes standing orders established by the practice and Evidence Based Guidelines for effective and efficient patient care.
* Conducts Patient Diabetic education.
* Performs patient education activities, and distributes appropriate materials or resources.
* Obtains pre-certification for tests (CT, MRI, etc.,) and prior authorizations.
* Contacts hospital for patient admission.
* Contacts patient in regards to test results.
* Administers pediatric (infant
* years) and allergy injections; reads TB results.
* Directs and ensures accurate workflow processes of Medical Assistants.
* Processes e-prescriptions for antibiotics & refills; prints and/or calls in controlled substances and anti-depressants to pharmacies.
* In a physician---s absence, discusses prothrombin time test results with patient; obtains blood pressure check; reconciles medications as well schedules the next test for the patient.
* In the absence of referral clerk, the nurse generates HMO referrals via Advocate ERMA system; Aetna and UHC Navigate via vendor---s website & in-house EMR system.
* Orders STAT tests Obtains STAT lab & DI tests from Christ Hospital and High Tech.
* Obtaining critical level test results from outside facilities.
* Verifies and validates all after hours on-call messages to ensure that the patient chart accurately reflects the call.
* Follows up with patients in regards to their sick; depression/anxiety related visits with the physician.
* Coordination of care of patients from a hospital visit being either the emergency department, inpatient/observation discharge to primary care provider (PCP) that will ensure timely and appropriate follow-up care.
* Working closely with physicians when they are out of the office by taking verbal orders for e-prescribing and ordering of tests; discussion with physician of any outstanding items that are to be addressed.
* Updates physicians schedules in EMR system, including visit type blocks (nurse only, same day, etc...).
* Address any walk-in patients questions and concerns Collects patient Advance Directives from physicians and forwards to Office Administrator for processing within the EMR system.
* Attends and actively participates in quality improvement meetings.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Attributes: The incumbent must have proficient knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas: Graduate of an approved school of Nursing.
* Current Illinois license (LPN; RN) 1 + years experience as a Registered Nurse, or equivalent, with demonstrated competence and confidence, in all aspects of nursing care.
* Ability to work within approved procedures and clinical guidelines The ability to communicate effectively with patients, physicians and coworkers in an effective manner.
* Requires critical thinking and problem solving skills.
* Must be a patient focused individual Must be able to multi-task.
* The ability to delegate job tasks The ability to provide constructive criticism Skilled in the use of computers.
* Maintains confidentiality of patient information and assure patient rights are protected.
* Must be mature and trustworthy Be respectful Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity Be flexible High expectations of self and other team members.
* Demonstrate sound work

What Does A Triage Nurse Do At University of Virginia Health System

* The Care Coordinator, in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, performs a focused assessment to evaluate patients and their support systems for real and potential health and safety issues, educational needs, and resource availability upon initial interaction, throughout care and/or treatment, and at times of transition.
* This individual utilizes multiple means of communication including telephone triage, in-person interaction and the use of current and future technologies.
* Develop: The Care Coordinator, in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, contributes to the development of the plan of care.
* The patient’s and their support system’s educational, emotional, physical, psychosocial and cultural needs are addressed by incorporating measurable short and long term goals and is evaluated throughout the continuum of care and at transitions.
* Implementation:The Care Coordinator, in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, provides care for patients coping with complex and/or long-term health problems with the focus on provision of comprehensive approaches to care of patients and support systems by facilitating access to care, symptom management, provision of education, emotional support, and recommending appropriate supportive & preventive care services.
* Evaluation:The Care Coordinator in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team evaluates the responses to the individualized plan of care gathering data from the EMR, patient re-assessments, reports, and support systems.
* The evaluation process will include attention to nurse sensitive indicators including unplanned admission, patient satisfaction and iatrogenic illness or injury

What Does A Triage Nurse Do At Sanford Health

* Flex working evening shifts and day shifts.
* Includes every other weekend.
* Flex position receives 5% premium pay.
* Position receives full-time benefits

What Does A Triage Nurse Do At Sanford Health

* Position includes evening shifts, day shifts, and includes every other weekend and every other holiday.
* Full
* Time 64 every two weeks

What Does A Triage Nurse Do At Sanford Health

* Every other weekend and every other holiday required.
* Full
* Time 64 hours every two weeks.
* Hours are evening shifts

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How To Become A Triage 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.


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.


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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Triage Nurse Career Paths

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Nurse Manager Case Manager Unit Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Career Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor Medical Director
Chief Medical Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Utilization Review Nurse Staff Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Home Health Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Career Manager
Managed Care Director
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Clinical Instructor Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Clinical Specialist Medical Science Liaison
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager Clinical Coordinator
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Nurse Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager Practice Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Clinical Coordinator
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Career Manager Senior Technician Specialist Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Utilization Review Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Triage Nurse Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Turkish

  • Tagalog

  • Polish

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Top Triage Nurse Skills

  1. Telephone Triage
  2. Clinic
  3. Direct Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed telephone triage and patient education for multiple hospital, Physician groups and health organizations, in the Seattle Metropolitan area.
  • Work under the management direction of the Office Manager and daily clinical direction of medical provider.
  • Provided direct patient care to patients in the ED.
  • Facilitated access to physicians and schedule appointments with the clinic or authorizes hospital emergency room treatment.
  • Authorize patient referrals from physician.

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