A career in ER travel nursing is a great way for you to avoid nurse burnout — the job is still very demanding, but the variety of locations and facilities can help keep you fresh and motivated. It’s also a great way to sharpen your skills, gain crucial experience, and improve your resume.
To be successful working in the ER you must be highly adaptable, able to quickly and keenly assess patients, and able to function well in a high-stress environment. The emergency department never stops, and you never know quite what to expect!
An ER team’s goal is to assess, stabilize, and treat their patients as quickly as possible. Time is always of the essence in the ER, as it can literally mean the difference between life and death. ER nurses are often the frontline when it comes to assessment and it’s critical for them to accurately prioritize patient care based on need, collect and document patient data, monitor reactions to medication/treatment, provide ongoing care to assigned patients, and so much more. The ER team ultimately works to treat acute conditions and discharge a patient or to stabilize a patient before transferring them to the operating room or the appropriate inpatient unit.
Despite the fast pace, it’s critical for ER nurses and techs to maintain their composure and deliver compassionate care in this critical setting for patients facing acute illness, injury, or trauma that may be life threatening.
Who Works in the ER?
A wide range of healthcare professionals work in the emergency room unit in order to serve the diversity of patients and conditions that visit the ER. Emergency room team members can include ER RNs, EMTs, medical technicians, respiratory therapists, radiologists, radiology techs, ambulatory nurses, trauma surgeons, urgent care physicians/emergency medical physicians, administrative staff, and social workers/case managers.
Who’s Treated in the ER?
A wide range of patients and health concerns are treated in the emergency room. Patients could be suffering from physical maladies throughout a scale that ranges from minor cuts to a fractured arm to extreme trauma, and everything in between. Some of the most common reasons for visiting the ER include chest pains, heart attack symptoms, strike symptoms, burns, allergic reactions, abdominal pains, back problems, severe headaches, severe cough or fever, trouble breathing, accidents, broken bones, and major trauma, for example, in the case of a shooting or car accident. Healthcare professionals working in the ER must be ready for anything!
Quick ER Facts
- Commonly required ER RN education: Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and/or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), plus passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
- Commonly required ER certifications: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC), Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)
- Commonly preferred ER certifications: Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Management of Assaultive Behavior (MAB), National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS)\
- Commonly required experience to become a travel ER RN: Facilities typically require a minimum of two years of recent, in-hospital experience in order to hire you as an ER travel nurse. You’ll want the benefit of experience since travel nurses have to hit the ground running!
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ER Travel Nurses need to be tough. Emergency Room Units treat patients who are in critical care situations. The skills required to be a successful ER Nurse are numerous and being a travel nurse in an ER setting is uniquely challenging.
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