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ER Requirements and Duties

Emergency rooms are on the front lines and must address "true emergencies" with patients coming from diverse backgrounds.

Emergency room (ER) nurses provide care for patients requiring emergency attention because of physical trauma or acute illness. ER nurses work to quickly assess the needs of each patient to avoid long-term complications, disabilities, or even death.

Also known as: Emergency Department (ED)

Requirements

  • Active BLS, ACLS, and PALS from the American Heart Association
  • Active professional license within the state of practice
  • The Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) credential and the Certified Emergency Room Nurse (CEN) Certification is recommended and may be required for specific travel nurse positions, NIHSS (stroke scale) is relevant for stemi centers
  • Other specialty-related certifications are preferred and may be required for specific Emergency Room assignments
  • ER experience in a hospital setting
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience as an RN