What is an Emergency Room (ER) Nurse?

An emergency room (ER) nurse is a licensed nurse who works in an emergency medical facility as part of a team with doctors and physicians to provide urgent patient care. ER Nurses provide emergency medical care to stabilize a patient including ordering lab work, x‑rays and other scans, administer pain medication, and perform minor medical procedures.

Where do ER nurses work?

ER nurses typically work in hospitals and trauma centers. Emergency nurses can also work on medical transport helicopters, ambulances, or in penitentiaries.

How do you become a ER nurse?

An emergency room nurse must earn an associate or bachelor’s nursing degree from a state-approved nursing school, and pass the NCLEX‑RN exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Additional certifications can advance your career as an ER nurse, such as the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) or Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) credentials offered by the Emergency Nurse Association.

Those interested in the subspecialty of becoming a Legal Nurse Consultant can pursue the Legal Nurse Consultant Certification (LNCC) through ALNCCB (American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board).

It is highly recommended that nurses who hope to be consultants possess a master’s degree in nursing, public health, or a health related field.

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