Emergency Nursing

Understanding Emergency Nursing

Emergency nurses treat patients in emergencies involving trauma or injury. They manage care of patients for whom the cause of the problem has yet to be determined. They must be ready to treat myriad 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

  • Attain a BSN
  • Pass the NCLEX and become an RN
  • Gain two years of emergency-related work experience
  • Earn BCEN certification

Annual Salary Range
$53,268 – 83,231

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

Employment Settings

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


RN, Emergency Nurse Certification (Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing)

Education Requirements


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