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Emergency Room Nurse

Posted by travel | August 2, 2012 | Travel Nursing Jobs

Can you imagine yourself taking on the enormous responsibility of helping to save lives in an ER? If this sounds like something you could picture yourself doing, you may want to have all of the facts before moving forward on this career path. There are many aspects of the job that make it all worth it, and a few that are going to contradict that.

Emergency Room Nurse Job Description

As an emergency room nurse, the duties that you have each day are going to be constantly changing. One day you could be putting in IV’s and then next you could be helping with x-rays or speaking with the family of a patient. You can also expect:

-To be under a doctor’s supervision and have to work according to their wants and needs. Although a nurse in the ER might not have the flashy doctor title, they are still an extremely important part of the entire emergency room.
-To find yourself in triage mode trying to help the doctors quickly determine which patients are going to need which kind of care.
-Having to work under pressure and still be consistent with your work.

This is one of the most demanding and rewarding jobs all at the same time. Sometimes you might be asked to stay on your shift for up to 24 hours at a time. This is because you just can’t predict when there is going to be a great need in the ER. It can happen at any time, and you have to be ready to help at a moment’s notice. It is extremely rewarding though, knowing that you have a job you can be proud of. You help to try and save the people who need medical attention and need it quickly. Working with doctors to help someone is one of the most rewarding feelings you can have.

Emergency Room Nurse Salary

In a study conducted by Salary.com in March of 2012, $65,000 was the median salary that was being earned by emergency room nurses. There is also research done lately that would suggest that this job field is steadily growing. You will never have to worry about not being able to get a job, as there is always a high demand for great nurses. There currently is a large shortage of great nurses not only in the U.S., but all around the world. Obviously the easier jobs to get are going to be those that require degrees and are in rural areas. You will also find that most hospitals are going to be able to give you a great healthcare and benefits package.

Education & Job RequirementsThere is no one sure-fire way that you can become a nurse. You can gain your diploma through an accredited nursing program, you can get your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and you can also get your associate’s degree as well. You will find that all three of them are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. You can expect to find that every program you enter is going to have a training approach that will require both clinical experience along with classroom experience.

Once you have finished the program that you are in, your next step is going to be passing the exam that is provided by the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. You are required to take this test and pass it by federal law. There are always going to be other requirements that you may face at the state level. You are going to have to check with your state’s board of nursing to see what those requirements are going to be. One thing that many people seem to skip over is the fact that you have to maintain your license and stay up to date with the latest techniques. This is going to require you to take refresher courses and possibly go back to school. As a nurse, it is vital that you stay on top of your game.

Similar Career Choices A lot of the time people are interested in nursing careers, but are not sure which route they are going to take and where they are going to end up. There are lots of other areas of specialization that you can participate in besides the ER. You could always focus on a certain part of the body and start to narrow your focus a bit. There are always ways to also narrow the focus of your patients, like working with kids in pediatrics. One of the great things about being a nurse is that there are really no limits to where you can specialize and where you can end up working.

If you are not interested in specializing in the nurse related fields, you could always check out similar medical careers. One of the more rewarding jobs is becoming an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), or a first responder. You will be the first one that people see when they need help, and you will be the one that makes sure they get to the hospital. If you can get passed the 110 hours of training and passing a licensing exam, you can become one. The salary is a bit lower, coming in at a median of $31,000 a year. One of the nice things about this job though, is that there is and always will be a demand. Just like being a nurse, if you are good at what you do and have a passion for it, you will not need to look long to find a job.