Emergency / Trauma Nurse – Career and Education Profile

Emergency nursing (also called trauma nursing) is a fast-paced field where you’ll work in an emergency room setting or in the field to save lives.

Job Responsibilities

As an emergency nurse, you’ll provide care in high-stress situations, many times when a patient is severely injured or ill and on the brink of death. Because this is such a high-pressure situation, emergency nurses typically do not work alone, but instead assist doctors or a team of doctors in providing care. You’ll follow directions carefully and quickly to save lives and may also be tasked with treating or talking to family members and friends who may be in shock after witnessing a loved one go through something so horrible. As an emergency nurse, you could work in a variety of settings, such as in ambulance, on medical helicopters, at sporting events, or in urgent call centers. To work as an emergency nurse, you have to be able to stay calm in stressful situations and work with a high level of efficiency.

Salary and Career Options

Emergency nurses make an average of $55,000, depending on educational level and location. In this field, LPNs are rarely hired, as you need at least an RN education to be prepared to work in such an unstable environment. You don’t have to stop at becoming an RN, though. If you love working in emergency nursing situations, you can also become an advanced practice nurse in the field.

Educational Requirements

To work as an RN in emergency nursing, you need at least an associate’s degree, though many employers prefer this type of nurse to have a bachelor’s degree or more. After working for at least two years in an emergency nursing setting, you can take the exam from the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, which allows you to make more money in this field.


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