Emergency Nursing

Understanding Emergency Nursing

Emergency nurses treat patients in emergency situations involving trauma or injury. They must be able to quickly recognize life-threatening problems and help solve them on the spot. Unlike other nursing specialties, in which a patient has already been diagnosed by a physician and the nurse is managing the patient’s care based on the diagnosis, emergency nurses work with patients for whom the cause of the problem is not yet known. They must be ready to treat a wide variety of illnesses or injuries, ranging from a sore throat to a heart attack, and to communicate with the patient, other medical professionals and the patient’s family.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR ASN OR BSN
  • PASS THE NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GAIN TWO YEARS OF EMERGENCY-RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
  • EARN YOUR BCEN CERTIFICATION

$45,000 - $85,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Conducting physical examinations and identifying injuries or illnesses quickly
  • Alleviating pain and stabilizing patients with trauma
  • Using advanced monitoring and treatment equipment to assess a patient’s changing condition
  • Communicating with family members and other caregivers

 

Education Requirements

ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospital emergency rooms
  • Ambulances
  • Medical transport helicopters
  • Urgent care centers
  • Sports arenas
  • Schools
  • Government facilities

Certification

RN, Emergency Nurse Certification (BCEN)