The registered nurse in the Emergency Department is responsible and accountable for patient assessment, analysis, nursing diagnosis, planning, intervention application, and the identification and evaluation of outcomes for patients of all ages and populations.
The scope of practice extends from a patient’s entry into the emergency room, and continues from triage through discharge. Care is centered on patients and families experiencing acute or chronic, actual or potential physical or psychosocial problems. Unique to emergency nursing are processes that require resuscitation and/or stabilization.
: Standing, walking, reaching above shoulders, reaching waist level, reaching below knee, climbing, lifting above shoulders < 10-20 lbs, lifting waist level 50 lbs, lifting below knee 50 lbs, writing, pushing, hearing, squat/kneeling, repetitive actions, keyboarding, speaking, seeing/visual.
: Frequent people contact, irregular work schedule, supervisory skills, detailed work, frequent interruptions, decision making skills, concentration, ability to work independent, multiple concurrent tasks, frequent deadlines, organizational skills, ability to work with others.
AD. One year Emergency Department, pediatric or adult critical care experience. BLS. ACLS, Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) or PALS certification within six months of hire.
Extended orientation may be offered to a RN without experience.
BSN. Three year Emergency Department, pediatric or adult critical care experience. Certification by the Emergency Nurses Association (CEN) and/or course in advanced trauma nursing (CATN).