Emergency Nurse

Emergency Nurse

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Emergency Nurses treat patients in emergency situations where they’re experiencing trauma or injury. These nurses quickly recognize life-threatening problems and are trained to help solve them on the spot. They can work in hospital emergency rooms, ambulances, helicopters, urgent care centers, sports arenas, and more. As an Emergency Nurse, you’ll treat a variety of conditions from sore throats to heart attacks for patients of all ages and backgrounds.

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Emergency Nurses treat patients in emergency situations where they’re experiencing trauma or injury. These nurses quickly recognize life-threatening problems and are trained to help solve them on the spot. They can work in hospital emergency rooms, ambulances, helicopters, urgent care centers, sports arenas, and more. As an Emergency Nurse, you’ll treat a variety of conditions from sore throats to heart attacks for patients of all ages and backgrounds.

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  • North Carolina Emergency Nurses Association Fall Conference

    Posted Nov 10, 2016 by Kathryn Chambrovich

    Are you planning to attend the North Carolina Emergency Nurses Association Fall Conference on Friday, November 11, 2016?
    If so, stop by the Cone Health Career Booth--Would love to meet with you!
    NC ENA FALL CONFERENCE
    Pre-session: 1 - 5 p.m. Thursday
    Conference: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday
    Airport Embassy Suites Hotel
    204 Centreport Dr, Greensboro, NC
    Part of the NC AHEC Program

  • Today we commemorate ENA co-founder Judith C. Kelleher’s birthday.

    Posted Aug 5, 2016 by Kathryn Chambrovich

    Today we commemorate ENA co-founder Judith C. Kelleher's birthday. She co-founded ENA in 1970 in an effort to give emergency nurses a voice. 46 years later, ENA is comprised of more than 42,000 members.

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    Today we commemorate ENA co-founder Judith C. Kelleher’s birthday. She co-founded ENA in 1970 in an effort to give emergency nurses a voice. 46 years later, ENA is comprised of more than 42,000 members.

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  • ENA Foundation Academic Scholarship Opportunities

    Posted Mar 2, 2016 by Garret Armes

    The Academic scholarships application will open on March 1, 2016 through April 29, 2016 - 12:00 PM CDT. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Click here to apply.

    Scholarship recipients will be notified after August 1, 2016 via email.

    Academic scholarships available in the following categories:

    - Non-RN
    - Undergraduate
    - Graduate/Masters
    ...

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    The Academic scholarships application will open on March 1, 2016 through April 29, 2016 – 12:00 PM CDT. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Click here to apply.

    Scholarship recipients will be notified after August 1, 2016 via email.

    Academic scholarships available in the following categories:

    - Non-RN
    - Undergraduate
    - Graduate/Masters
    - Doctoral

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    Posted Apr 16, 2015 by April Snyder
  • Emergency Nursing Conference 2015

    Posted Mar 22, 2015 by Adam Burkhart

    September 28 - October 3, 2015

    Orlando, Florida
    Orange County Convention Center

    Emergency Nursing 2015 will integrate the leadership and annual conferences into one new and exciting ENA conference experience. Start planning now for Orlando - the perfect destination for you, your colleagues, and your family. The new six day conference will include:

    An expanded program...

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    Septem​ber 28 - October 3, 2015

    Orlando, Florida
    ​Orange County Convention Center

    Emergency Nursing 2015 will integrate the leadership and annual conferences into one new and exciting ENA conference experience. Start planning now for Orlando – the perfect destination for you, your colleagues, and your family. The new six day conference will include:

    An expanded program with more clinical and leadership sessions
    Disaster drills to challenge nurses of all skill levels
    New hands-on learning labs and interactive demonstrations
    Step into the future of emergency nursing at ENA's AdvancED display in the Exhibit Hall

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  • A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ER NURSE

    Posted Mar 13, 2015 by Kathryn Chambrovich

    There's no such thing as an ordinary day at work when you're an Emergency Room Nurse. About 30% of nurses in the U.S. are Emergency Nurses, who specialize in rapid assessment and treatment when every second is crucial to a patient's survival, especially during the first stage of illness or injury. These nurses must multitask and remain calm, efficient, and empathetic - all...

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    There’s no such thing as an ordinary day at work when you’re an Emergency Room Nurse. About 30% of nurses in the U.S. are Emergency Nurses, who specialize in rapid assessment and treatment when every second is crucial to a patient’s survival, especially during the first stage of illness or injury. These nurses must multitask and remain calm, efficient, and empathetic - all while working incredibly long shifts with few breaks (50% of nurse shifts exceed 10 hours, and 43% of nurses grab something to eat while responding to call lights or other patient needs).

    While no two days as an ER nurse are the same, they may follow a similar schedule. ER nurses begin their long days by packing a lunch and taking a few moments to mentally prepare for chaos heading their way. Before their shifts begin, on-coming staff is briefed on the status of the ER and assigned patients (42.8 ER visits are made per every 100 Americans).

    As they begin their assignments, the ER nurses constantly monitor their patients and address the concerns of worried family members. While all types of conditions come through the doors of the ER, the top reasons that Americans visit the emergency room are abdominal pain, chest pain, and contusion with intact skin surface. Many life and death decisions fall into the hands of ER nurses, who must balance the workload of patients while staying focused. Recently, a study showed that hospitals with more registered nurses per admission had lower mortality rates.

    While an ER nurse’s responsibilities range from inserting IVs and taking bloodwork to comforting loved ones, they also take on more typical tasks as well. For example, an ER nurse will stabilize patients experiencing trauma, minimize a patient’s pain, quickly uncover medical conditions, and teach patients about injury prevention.

    Even when patients are discharged, the relief is only temporary, since another patient immediately fills their vacant room. Caring for patients can be emotionally draining and just as tiring as working long shifts; in fact, 85% of emergency nurses reported that they had experienced at least one symptom of “compassion fatigue” during the previous week.

    Interestingly, more time is taken prepping for procedures than the actual time the procedures take. This efficiency is crucial to a successful procedure, and many nurses keep up with the latest practices and techniques by taking continuing education classes. In fact, 32 states require continuing education class for annual nurse license renewal to help them master the newest procedures.

    Patients come to the ER at all times of the day, but patients who come in during regular workday hours have a shorter time to treatment than those who come during other times (56 minutes versus 72 minutes). Emergency nurses also treat patients of all ages and conditions, from newborns to elderly seniors. Infants younger than one year and adults aged 85 years and older have the highest rate of ER visits, but the older adults are far more likely to be admitted to the hospital (whereas typically only 13.3% of visits to the ER result in hospital admission).

    While each day is different as an emergency room nurse, these men and women share many common characteristics: efficiency, levelheadedness, focus, empathy, and the ability to multitask. Though the days are long and exhausting on many levels, emergency nurses thrive on their ability to help patients in dire need- and that passion for helping others is what keeps them coming back to work every day.

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  • Matthew F. Powers, MS, BSN, RN, MICP, CEN, Named President of the Emergency Nurses Association

    Posted Jan 15, 2015 by Garret Armes
  • ER Nurses one of top seven specialties for nurses in demand

    Posted Aug 28, 2014 by Garret Armes

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