What does an Emergency Room Nurse do?

Emergency room nurses are nursing professionals who provide medical treatment and support in the emergency department of a hospital or healthcare facility. They often play a central role with the initial intake, assessment, and triage process. They provide direct patient care and address immediate medical needs, such as dressing wounds, and also administer medications. They conduct initial assessments, which may include performing routines tests such as an EKG. Their objective is to ensure patients get treatment and relief from pain and other symptoms as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Emergency room nurses are most commonly RNs (registered nurses), although some opportunities may also be available for LPNs (licensed practical nurses). They must have a valid nursing license, and a variety of certifications including ALS and CPR. They must be able to remain calm and focused in a fast-paced environment under stressful conditions.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an Emergency Room Nurse make?

$120,430 /yr
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Read what Emergency Room Nurse professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
British Red CrossBritish Red Cross
Crisis Response Worker
Oct 6, 2022

“The work life Balance was not the best sometimes Payment was not great”

Scribe AmericaScribe America
Emergency Department Scribe
Nov 23, 2021

“Leads to many rough weeks if you do not make sure your unavailability schedule is set up well enough.”

San Francisco VA Health Care SystemSan Francisco VA Health Care System
ER Nurse 2
Apr 16, 2023

“Bennies are great”

ER Nurse
Nov 24, 2021

“The new manager is awesome but it’s too little too late.”

ER Nurse
Nov 24, 2021

“Some awesome people to work with.”

Wound Institute of America
Wound Care Specialist
Sep 20, 2022

“Best boss ever.”

Belton Regional Medical CenterBelton Regional Medical Center
ER Nurse
Oct 13, 2021

“We have fun and put our patients as a top priority”

HCA HealthcareHCA Healthcare
ER Nurse
May 12, 2022

“At least I get a little money.”

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