Emergency room nurses usually are the first person to see a patient when they are taken in to the hospital. Sometimes, they are called trauma nurses as they assess, give comfort and provide necessary treatment to patients. ER nurses are mostly well-trained professionals capable of working in a fast-paced environment that often calls for sudden decision-making.
ER Nurse Job Description
- To be an ER nurse, the person should have a degree/diploma certificate in nursing from a recognized college and should also pass the licensure exam.
- The emergency room nurse assesses the patient’s overall physical appearance upon receiving the patient. She then classifies the patient in a prioritized manner and observes the principles of triage in which they are classified according to the urgency of medical attention.
ER nurses provide first aid or initial patient care and assessment.
- She needs to determine the medical needs of the patient either independently or in collaboration with other health care providers.
- An ER nurse can still function effectively, can think quickly and make good decisions at all times for the benefit of her patients.
- An effective ER nurse has a good communication skill which is necessary when dealing with patients and other health care providers.
- An emergency room nurse is emotionally stable since emergency room situations commonly expose them to human sickness and other health problems that are very stressful for most people.
- She can look calm especially during tense situations and reassures comfort to patients that may be experiencing symptoms of intense pain and shock. An emergency room nurse can work long hours and might have few break times.
- The ER nurse on duty in the emergency room needs to carry out the order of the physician that is necessary for the patients.
- The ER nurse administers medications to patients as prescribed by the doctor.
- She should be knowledgeable of the physiological, psychosocial, learning, previous health condition and spiritual information of the patient and his/her family.
- She prepares the patient and family how to take care of self when at home and when would be the next appointment with the doctor if necessary.
- She makes sure that the patient and his family understands the doctor’s discharge instructions.