Valley Health System
Registered Nurse Emergency Department
August 2014 — Present
Emergency nurses provide rapid assessment and treatment to patients in the initial phase of illness or trauma and often in life-threatening situations. Emergency nurses usually hold an undergraduate degree in nursing and most often work in hospital emergency rooms and trauma centers.
Emergency Nurse Job Description
Emergency nurses specialize in assessing, intervening and stabilizing a variety of trauma and illnesses with decisive action. Due to the range of medical conditions that may require urgent treatment and care, they must be knowledgeable about general as well as specific health issues.
Hospitals and independent emergency departments are the most common employers of emergency nurses. Other facilities that may employ them include cruise ships, prisons and crisis intervention centers. With more specialized training, an emergency nurse can become a transport nurse who administers treatment to patients being transported by airplane or helicopter.
The most important responsibility for an emergency nurse is understanding triage, which is a method of prioritizing injuries based on medical need. An emergency nurse must have the ability to make quick and accurate assessments about incoming patients, including both physical and mental health conditions.
Time management is crucial in this job. Along with triage, emergency nurses must quickly ascertain the following information from incoming patients:
Identify the medical problem
Document medical history
Check for any allergies and current medications
Obtain height, weight, body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure
Other responsibilities include moving patients, taking blood samples, cleaning and bandaging wounds, administering medications and maintaining proper supplies of medical equipment.