As an ER travel nurse, you’ll have the opportunity to put all that you learned in nursing school into action. The thrilling and rewarding career of emergency nursing allows you the chance to play a vital role in medicine – caring for patients who are often at the most vulnerable and critical moments of their lives.
If you are clear-headed, effective, and adaptable under pressure, ER nursing may be for you. ER nurses must be able to treat patients who arrive without prior diagnosis, handle seeing people who are in trauma, and work effectively to triage and treat their charges. They must have an extensive knowledge of diseases, conditions and advanced equipment and must be able to put that knowledge into action under pressure. Effective ER travel nurses function seamlessly as part of an interdisciplinary emergency medicine team.
Emergency room (ER) nursing is anything but routine – each day brings a new adventure. ER nurses’ daily tasks range from treating non-critical injuries (cleaning up lacerations, administering IV fluids, or icing injuries) to working on extremely critical cases (resuscitating cardiac patients, treating accident victims, or prepping for emergency surgery). ER nurses also keep up with paperwork, charting, communications, labs, and medications for their patients.
Like any other nursing specialty, to become an ER nurse, you must graduate with either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing school. You must also pass your licensing exam to become a registered nurse (RN). Most facilities prefer to hire nurses who have experience working in the ER and especially those who have a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) credential, which can be earned after two years in the ER. Specialized certifications include flight emergency nursing (CFRN), pediatric emergency nursing (CPEN), and critical care ground transport (CTRN) nursing.
ER travel nurses work in emergency/triage areas of hospitals and urgent care facilities. With emergency rooms being open 24 hours, nursing shifts can vary but are typically either 8, 10 or 12 hours. ER travel nursing salaries will vary depending on years of experience, credentials and geographic area. The average salary for an ER nurse in 2018 was between $47,595 - $94,548 per year according to a PayScale study.
If you love interacting with people, juggling responsibilities, putting your medical knowledge into practice, and are up for a rewarding adventure, then contact us today. We have the travel nursing jobs and can find the right match for you!
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