Emergency & Trauma Nursing

In emergency & trauma nursing, the focus is on providing direct care to patients who have incurred serious or life-threatening injuries and/or illnesses. A profession in emergency and trauma nursing requires an understanding of normal anatomy and physiology, keen assessment and monitoring skills, vast knowledge of a wide variety of general medical conditions, emergency procedures and medications, and ongoing education related to the management of acutely ill and injured patients. These nurses must be able to think quickly, conduct swift assessments, make rapid decisions to prioritize patients, and handle complex, difficult and highly stressful situations. Duties and responsibilities include assessing and triaging patients; stabilizing patients and preventing complications such as respiratory distress, bleeding, shock or death; managing pain; changing wound dressings; administering medications, and providing other urgent medical treatments as needed. Emergency and trauma nurses should obtain and maintain current the following certifications: cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). Additional certifications are available such as certified emergency nurse (CEN), certified pediatric emergency nurse (CPEN), certified flight registered nurse (CFRN), trauma certified registered nurse (TCRN) and critical care ground transport (CTRN) nursing. Emergency/trauma nurses may work in hospital emergency departments, critical care units, or as transport nurses who travel by ambulance, helicopter or airplane.

In this Emergency & Trauma Nursing Resource Center, we’ve put together resources to help you provide the best care to your patients. Our Nursing Pocket Cards are quick references and our Guideline Summaries provide need-to-know information from the latest recommendations. Our infographics, tips and mnemonics, and blogs are additional resources to help you during your emergency and trauma nursing career. 

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